Report: Wolves interested in Young to replace Love

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Report: Wolves interested in Young to replace Love

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.

Report: Bulls continuing trade push for Jahlil Okafor

Report: Bulls continuing trade push for Jahlil Okafor

The Bulls are apparently still after Jahlil Okafor.

Chicago has continued its trade push for the Sixers’ big man, according to a report Wednesday night by The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

In early February, the Bulls inquired about Okafor, according to a report by CSNChicago.com.

With Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline nearing, the clock is ticking on the Sixers’ possible trade of Okafor, who will get moved” by the mandatory cutoff date, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge on Tuesday.

The Sixers already have one trade nearly completed. They are currently finalizing a deal that will send Ersan Ilyasova to the Atlanta Hawks, a league source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com Sixers Insider Jessica Camerato on Wednesday night (see story).

With Okafor, aside from the Bulls, other teams have reportedly expressed interest in the second-year center, including the Pacers, Blazers and Pelicans (who are expected to be out of the running after landing DeMarcus Cousins).

Okafor is averaging 11.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 23 minutes per game this season over 38 contests. Last season, he played 53 games (48 starts) as a rookie and averaged 17.5 points and seven rebounds.

The 21-year-old has taken all the trade buzz in stride.

“Trade rumors are something that’s going to be part of my life probably for as long as I’m in the NBA," Okafor said on Feb. 4 after the Bulls’ reported interest originally surfaced. "I’ve been hearing it since I’ve been in the NBA about me being traded. I just try to focus on what I can. That’s being here on this team and trying to help this team win.”

Source: Sixers finalizing trade to send Ilyasova to Hawks for Spiltter, 2nd-round picks

Source: Sixers finalizing trade to send Ilyasova to Hawks for Spiltter, 2nd-round picks

The Sixers are trading a frontcourt player before the deadline … just not the one people expected.

The Sixers are finalizing a trade to send Ersan Ilyasova to the Atlanta Hawks for center Tiago Splitter and two second-round picks, a league source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com Sixers Insider Jessica Camerato.

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news.

Ilyasova was acquired along with a conditional first-round pick from Oklahoma City on Nov. 1 for Jerami Grant. The 29-year-old, who is a free agent at the end of the season, has averaged 14.3 points and 5.9 rebounds this season.

However, he has struggled offensively lately, shooting just 35.7 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from three-point range over the last 10 games.

“I am not going to say it’s just because of free agency,” said Ilyasova, who has now been traded five times in 20 months after spending the first seven NBA seasons of his career in Milwaukee. “You have 82 games, you can’t play perfect. Sometimes you have good games and bad games.

The move also allows Sixers Dario Saric to receive even more playing time and experience as the team heads into the final 26 games of the regular season. Saric has shown steady improvement all season long. The rookie has averaged 16.0 points on 44.0 percent shooting with 6.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in nine games during February.

Splitter has missed the entire season with hip and calf injuries. A league source tells Camerato that the Sixers have not yet determined whether the Sixers will keep Splitter or waive him. The veteran's contract expires after this season.

While Ilyasova is the first Sixers domino to fall at the deadline, he may not be the last. League sources also tell Wojnarowski that the Chicago Bulls have "continued to push on a trade" for Jahlil Okafor.