MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves secured the final piece they wanted in the blockbuster Kevin Love trade.
The Timberwolves will receive Philadelphia 76ers power forward Thaddeus Young as part of the deal that will send Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press.
The Wolves agreed weeks ago to send Love to Cleveland, where he will team up with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
The Timberwolves will also get No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, the 2013 No. 1 pick, from Cleveland in the three-team deal. The Sixers will get Miami’s 2015 first-round pick from the Cavaliers and guard Alexey Shved and forward Luc Mbah a Moute from the Timberwolves in the trade, which was not able to be official until Saturday when Wiggins became eligible to be traded.
A seldom-used NBA rule prevents any player from being traded for 30 days after he signs his rookie contract.
Young, 26, averaged a career-high 17.9 points last season. He has two years and more than $19 million left on his contract, but can become a free agent after next season.
ESPN.com reported Friday that the Phoenix Suns reached out to Minnesota in an effort to acquire Love, offering guard Eric Bledsoe in a sign-and-trade. But the deal involving Cleveland and Philadelphia was still said to be on.