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

Minnesota Timberwolves rumors: Thaddeus Young could sign long-term with Timberwolves

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Now that the Minnesota Timberwolves are trading star power forward Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers so they can team him with forward LeBron James and point guard Kyrie Irving, other details are emerging. It looks like the Cavaliers will also be sending the Timberwolves a first round pick and will be dealing forward Anthony Bennett to the Philadelphia 76ers for forward Thaddeus Young.

Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors believes Young may re-sign long-term in Minnesota if he likes the way Timberwolves’ head coach Flip Saunders uses him (and if they pay, of course).

The Wolves DO want to compete this year, by all accounts, and Thad Young could help them do that. A lot would depend on the sort of impact Wiggins can make as a rookie, but they could easily be in the mix to grab the eighth seed in the West. And I think Thad might well be interested in re-signing if he likes how Flip uses him and if the Wolves are willing to pay. Young’s a nice player, but teams aren’t going to be beating the doors down to sign him next summer, so if Minnesota makes it worth his while, the team could ink him to a long-term deal.

Young went for 17.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game and shot 45.4% from the field, 30.8% from beyond the arc and 71.2% from the free throw line this season. Bennett averaged 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds per game while shooting 35.6% from the field, 24.5% from beyond the arc and 63.8% from the free throw line.

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