According to a report by Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Timberwolves have expressed interest in acquiring Thaddeus Young to replace Kevin Love if Minnesota trades the All-Star power forward.
Per the report, the Timberwolves continue to discuss trade proposals that would send Love to the Cavaliers, and with that, Minnesota has been exploring its options for bringing in Young from the Sixers, either through a separate deal or as part of an expanded Love trade.
Young is signed through the 2014-15 season, with a player option for 2015-16. The 26-year-old, selected 12th overall by the Sixers in the 2007 draft, is due $8,850,000 in 2013-14, $9,410,869 in 2014-15, with a player option worth $9,971,739 in 2015-16.
The report does not state whether the Sixers are willing to trade Young. Also, according to the report, the Timberwolves are still higher on trading with the Cavaliers for a deal involving Andrew Wiggins than any other offer for Love.
In 79 games last season, Young averaged career highs in points per game (17.9), assists (2.3) and steals (2.1).
Replacing Love would be big shoes to fill. Last season, the 25-year-old averaged 26.1 points per game, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists.