Jan 6, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young (21) is defended by Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) during the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Thaddeus Young trade rumors: Timberwolves want him as Kevin Love replacement

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The Minnesota Timberwolves likely know that it’s just a matter of time until Kevin Love is no longer on their roster. Be it via a trade or walking in free agency, Kevin Love’s tenure with the T’Wolves is coming to an end.

Not wanting to have a massive void at their power forward position, the Minnesota Timberwolves are said to be interested in trading for Thaddeus Young of the Philadelphia 76ers.

That’s the word from ESPN’s Marc Stein who reports Minnesota is looking to acquire the young talent.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Wolves, while continuing to discuss trade proposals that would send Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers, have been exploring their options for acquiring Young from the Sixers, either through a separate transaction or as part of an expanded Love trade.

While Stein goes on to suggest that it’s unknown if the Sixers would part with Young, the team was said to be exploring trades involving the forward this past February. Given that, it doesn’t seem as if the 76ers are tied to keeping Thaddeus Young on their roster.

Of course, it’s not known exactly what the Sixers would be wanting in exchange for Thaddeus Young if they were to make a trade.

With plenty of cap room, Philadelphia could make for an interesting trade partner, especially if a third team was involved as mentioned above.

A 7-year-veteran, the former Georgia Tech product put up nearly 18 points and 6 rebounds a game last season in addition to over two steals a game.  He is signed through the 2014-15 season and has a $9 million dollar player option for 2015-16.

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