The Philadelphia Daily News’ Bob Cooney says an NBA source has informed them that 2013 first overall pick Anthony Bennett will become a Philadelphia 76er, in exchange for veteran Thaddeus Young.
— Mark Perner (@MarkPerner) August 8, 2014
Bennett is part of the package the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to with the Minnesota Timberwolves that will let Kevin Love team up with LeBron James.
The Timberwolves will also receive a protected 2015 first round pick and this season’s number one overall pick, Andrew Wiggins.
Young, a seven-year NBA veteran, averaged career-highs in points (17.9), assists (2.3) and steals (2.1), along with 6.0 rebounds and 0.5 blocks during the 2013-14 season.
Bennett on the other hand showed signs of growth after a miserable first year in the NBA, norming 13.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in the Las Vegas Summer League.
With Ricky Rubio dishing dimes, the Timberwolves could have a highly athletic and fun starting lineup of Rubio, Wiggins, fellow rookie Zach LaVine and Young, with Nikola Pekovic providing muscle.
The 76ers on the other hand are once again collecting assets, but Bennett, now suddenly gifted with tons of playing time, could continue to find his niche in the NBA.
Of course, all of this is contingent on the Cavs and T-Wolves pushing through with their agreement on August 23, following the conclusion of the 30-day no-trade period for Wiggins and his rookie deal.
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