Feb 18, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young (21) is defended by Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett (15) during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Cavaliers defeated the Sixers 114-85. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Why the Philadelphia 76ers should trade Thaddeus Young for Anthony Bennett

The Cleveland Cavaliers have finally worked out a deal to send swingman Andrew Wiggins, forward Anthony Bennett and a future first round pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves for star power forward Kevin Love. There is reportedly going to be a third team in the trade and the Timberwolves will also be acquiring Philadelphia 76ers’ forward Thaddeus Young while Bennett will be on his way to Philadelphia.

Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors believes it would be good move because not only does  Bennett have talent, but the 76ers likely won’t be able to sign Young once he hits free agency anyway.

He’s definitely a tweener, but players can beat that rap and still have productive careers. He’ll probably never live up to having been the first overall pick, but he could still play like an mid-lottery pick, which is what he was protected to become prior to the draft. Plus, he’s much cheaper than Thad Young, who probably wouldn’t re-sign when he hits free agency in a year or two, anyway…

…There have been conflicting reports on whether the Bennett/Young swap is a part of the Love trade or not, but just about every report says that’ll happen one way or another. And unless there’s a lot more to it than has been reported, it’ll probably be a part of the Love trade

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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