NEWS OF THE MORNING
No. 1: Reports: Young headed to Wolves in Love deal — As was first reported last night by Jerry Zgoda of The Star-Tribune, once Kevin Love is trad to the Cleveland Cavaliers happens (it’s likely to be tomorrow) for Andrew Wiggins, the Minnesota Timberwolves will get Sixers forward Thaddeus Young from Philly as part of another deal. Here’s a quick look at what will happen in that trade:
The Minnesota Timberwolves will acquire Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young for a 2015 first-round draft pick and two role players, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Timberwolves will send Philadelphia the Miami Heat’s 2015 first-round pick Minnesota will acquire as part of the Kevin Love deal with Cleveland, sources said. The T-Wolves will send forward Luc Mbah a Moute and guard Alexey Shved to the Sixers.
Mbah a Moute has a long-standing relationship with Sixers rookie Joel Embiid, and Philadelphia considers him an important part of the mentoring process for the third pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
While Young, Shved, Love and Mbah a Moute are the known players in this deal, there is a chance that last year’s No. 1 overall pick, Anthony Bennett will head to Minnesota, too:
The deal cannot be completed until Aug. 23, which is 30 days after Wiggins signed his rookie contract with the Cavaliers.
No. 2: Thompson miffed over being in trade talks — As Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report spells out in his latest offering, Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson has been a standout performer for the team with little to no fanfare league-wide. Thompson found himself in the midst of potential Kevin Love trade talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves this offseason and while the Warriors missed out on landing Love, the discussion hasn’t left Thompson in a good mood:
Ask any GM or scout and they’ll tell you Thompson is one of the best two-way players in the game, yet he hasn’t sniffed either All-Star or All-Defensive team recognition. To make matters worse, teammate Andre Iguodala did receive All-Defensive first-team honors last season, even though injuries left him a shell of himself and forced the Warriors to give Thompson the assignments Iguodala was expected to fill. “Klay is a much better defender,” said one former Warriors assistant coach. “It’s not even close. It’s all based on reputation and stats. The truth is, Dre is always gambling on the weak side.”
Thompson handled all of that without complaint. The reward? A summer wondering if he would be dealt to the league’s moribund Minnesota outpost.
The Warriors not only dangled both him and Lee in talks with the Timberwolves, league and team sources say, but they apparently initiated the conversation. Various reports on the deal’s likelihood of going down bubbled for several weeks, and while GM Bob Myers declined to address the subject directly, he certainly didn’t discourage the notion that Thompson and Lee were available for the right price.
“Right now, I think it’s unlikely,” Myers told the San Francisco Chronicle at the time. “Right now, today. … But I will say this: If you asked me last year at this time would we be in a situation to grab an [Andre] Iguodala, I would have said the same thing.”
League sources also say they could’ve dealt Harrison Barnes to Orlando for Arron Afflalo in conjunction with the Minnesota deal, which would’ve given them a reasonable substitute for Thompson.
Eventually, they passed on everything because there wasn’t a strong consensus in the organization that they’d definitively be better. And when it became clear that Love would be headed to Cleveland instead of a Western Conference rival, such as the Houston Rockets, it made the need to roll the dice even less enticing.
Myers’ attempt to be as honest as possible is appreciated, but it has come with a price. While attempts to reach Lee or his representatives were unsuccessful, a source close to Thompson said the shooting guard is “pissed” that the Warriors legitimately considered moving him.
No. 3: Report: Rockets re-sign Garcia — The offseason hasn’t been particularly memorable for the Houston Rockets as they opted not to match the Dallas Mavericks’ offer sheet for small forward Chandler Parsons and they saw youngster Jordan Hamilton leave for the Toronto Raptors. But one face from last season’s squad is coming back: reserve guard Francisco Garcia. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle has more:
The Rockets reached an agreement to re-sign free agent guard Francisco Garcia, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey indicated on Twitter on Thursday.
Morey wrote “Welcome back to the @HoustonRockets Francisco Garcia! It was great to see him play well yesterday.’
Garcia will sign for one season at the veteran’s minimum, worth $1.32 million, a person with knowledge of the agreement said.
Garcia, 33, averaged 5.7 points in 19.7 minutes per game off the Rockets bench last season. The oldest Rockets player, Garcia has been considered among the team’s most vocal and respected leaders. He opted out of his contract worth the veteran’s minimum for one more season, becoming a free agent.
SOME RANDOM HEADLINES: The Blazers will be taking a look at point guard Darius Morris … Wizards reserve forward Drew Gooden will not be cleared to play for Finland in the FIBA World Cup … The Mavs are finalizing a deal to re-sign Bernard James … Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin feels more comfortable than ever as an NBA player