Young will arrive to help fill the void left by Love…
The Minnesota Timberwolves are expected to sign Philadelphia 76ers star Thaddeus Young in order to cover the loss of power forward Kevin Love, ESPN reports.
Love is set to join the Cleveland Cavaliers in the coming days in a trade deal which will send Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future first-round pick in the opposite direction.
However, the Timberwolves are keen to strengthen further and will add Young to their roster in their bid to continue to rebuild and add exciting young prospects to their team.
It is unclear at this stage as to whether it will be a three-team deal involving the Cavaliers or whether it will be a separate transaction, but it is likely to become apparent on Saturday when Wiggins becomes eligible for trade.
It is understood that the Sixers will surrender a future first-round pick along with the expiring contracts of Luc Richard Mbah A Moute and Alexey Shved for Young, who has two years left on his current contract worth $19.4m.
According to sources, it is unlikely that any of the players will be officially presented to the media before next week, but it is apparent that deals will be begin to go through and players will start joining up with their new teams to undergo physicals over the weekend.
Love is set to join the likes of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland to push on for an NBA championship, but he leaves behind a rebuilding project in Minnesota as they look to acquire Wiggins and Bennett to add to point guard Ricky Rubio and rookie Zach LaVine.
In a competitive Western Conference it remains to be seen whether or not the young group of stars are capable of challenging for a playoff spot, but the franchise will be hoping to see some signs of development moving forward.