There has been little scuttlebutt about the 76ers' potential involvement in the impending Timberwolves/Cavaliers trade since multiple outlets said the Sixers could end up sending Thaddeus Young to Minnesota as part of the Kevin Love/Andrew Wiggins deal.
But Jerry Zgoda, Timberwolves beat writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, tweeted this Wednesday: "Just a reminder: if you keep reading Bennett is headed to Philly for Young in forthcoming trade … don't believe it."
Nate Duncan of BasketballInsiders.com claimed the Wolves might want Bennett instead of Young. Bennett, who had a disappointing rookie campaign, would be under salary control for a minimum of two more years, while Young can opt out of his contract after next season.
If the Sixers cannot land Bennett, general manager Sam Hinkie could opt to swap Young for a pair of Minnesota players with expiring deals. Any two of these three guys — Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and J.J. Barea — would work under the league's salary-cap rules. The Sixers could also wind up with a protected first-round pick.
The trade cannot happen until Sunday at the earliest because Cleveland has to wait 30 days to deal Wiggins, the No. 1 overall selection in June's draft, after Wiggins signed his rookie contract July 23.