Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: the Philadelphia 76ers are acquiring Anthony Bennett for Thaddeus Young. That’s the story, right? It’s been reported that way, then reported the other way and now it’s being reported again. I’m just the messenger in all of this.
After last night, where it appeared that the former No. 1 overall pick would be staying in Minny, it now appears that he might be coming to Philly…again. This is according to Philly.com, who reported that a source told Daily News that the 76ers will be sending forward Thaddeus Young to the T-Wolves for a package that will include Anthony Bennett and possibly a pick(s).
Of course, none of this can officially be completed until August 23, when Andrew Wiggins can be traded, so for the next three weeks or so we will all be going insane.
However, this might have to be a three-team deal. If Anthony Bennett gets traded to Minnesota, he can’t be traded again unless he’s the only outgoing player in a deal. What does that mean? You can’t send Bennett to Philly and Young to Minnesota in the same deal. The 76ers would have to do two separate transactions, like sending a second-round pick to Minny for Bennett, and then trading Young for some of the expiring contracts like Kevin Martin, J.J. Barea, etc. Or, a third team could be involved, because the League wouldn’t like it too much if the 76ers sneaked their way around the current CBA.
This rumor is far from over, folks.