Despite a deal being agreed to, Anthony Bennett’s tenure with the Minnesota Timberwolves may not last long as the team is still discussing a trade that could send the former number one overall pick to Philadelphia.
Wolves have had tentative agreement on Love for Wiggins/Bennett/No. 1 for a while now. That much is solid. But still working w/Philly
— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) August 7, 2014
In the last few weeks, there have been several rumors connecting the Timberwolves to Philly’s Thaddeus Young. Based on reports, the two-team deal between Minnesota and Cleveland could turn into a three-teamer, with Thad Young replacing Kevin Love in Minnesota and Bennett being flipped to make that deal possible.
It’s an odd decision for the T’Wolves to choose Young over Bennett. Looking at Bennett’s projected ceiling, Young is a player he could transform into. And unlike Young, Bennett could be under the Wolves control for the next five to six years as he’ll enter restricted free agency following his third season. With Young, the Wolves could possibly trade a top asset for a player who could walk away this summer as he’s an unrestricted free agent.
It’s one heck of a risk for Flip Saunders and company to take, but if he wants to push for the NBA playoffs, Thad Young is the better suited player for the Wolves than Bennett.
Regardless of the decision made, Minnesota’s future looks bright. With Ricky Rubio, Gorgui Dieng, and Zach LaVine already on the roster, they’ve managed to turn a disgruntled star in Kevin Love into Andrew Wiggins and Bennett, and possibly Bennett into Young. The rebuild doesn’t get any better than this.