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Sixers trade Thaddeus Young to Timberwolves

The 76ers are about to end their relationship with their longest-tenured player. Multiple reports have confirmed that Thaddeus Young will be dealt to the Timberwolves as part of a three-team deal that also includes the Cleveland Cavaliers.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Sixers would receive two players on expiring contracts, guard Alexey Shved and forward Luc Mbah a Moute and a top-10 protected first-round draft choice that is owned by Cleveland.

An NBA source told The Inquirer that it technically may be a two-team deal between the Cavs and Timberwolves and then a two-team trade between the Wolves and Sixers because there is a trade exception in the deal.

The value of the trade exception differs due to a team's salary cap in a two-team deal versus a three-team trade.

Kevin Love, who can opt out of his contract after this year, is being sent to Cleveland for this year's No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, last year's overall top choice Anthony Bennett and that first-round pick of Miami owned by Cleveland. (That is the pick that would be sent to the Sixers.)

Minnesota also would receive a trade exception in the deal worth more than $4 million.

Due to an NBA rule, the deal between Cleveland and Minnesota can't be announced until Saturday at the earliest. A rookie (Wiggins) can't be traded until 30 days after signing his contract and Saturday is the first day.

Originally, rumors had the Sixers acquiring Bennett in the deal, but apparently that has changed.

"We have heard for weeks Young was going to Minnesota and at first the word was that Bennett would be headed to Philadelphia," an NBA executive who requested anonymity told The Inquirer. "Now it's apparently these two other players and the draft choice."

The executive said it's hard figure the Sixers strategy in acquiring two more players on expiring contracts.

"They are getting rid of a lot of salary but have to eventually pay somebody," the executive said.

Shved is slated to earn $3.198 million this year while Mbah a Moute, is scheduled to earn $4.38 million.

Young will earn $9.1 million this year and has a player option for $9.7 million next year.

Mbah a Moute, a defensive specialist, averaged 3.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 15.3 minutes while playing for Sacramento and the Timberwolves. He, like Sixers first-round pick Joel Embiid, is a native of Cameroon and the two have forged a close relationship. That could factor into the trade.

Shved averaged 4.0 points and 1.1 assists in 10.5 minutes.

Young, 26, averaged 17.9 points and 6.0 rebounds this past season.

During his seven seasons with the Sixers, Young averaged 13.7 points and 5.5 rebounds. He was the team's first round draft choice (No. 12 overall) in 2007 from Georgia Tech.

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