What I expect by end of day Sat: Wolves lose Love, Shved, Mbah A Moute, a No. 1, gain Wiggins, Bennett, TYoung, cap except. In 3-team deal.— Dan Barreiro (@DanBarreiroKFAN) August 21, 2014
As of yesterday, it remained uncertain whether or not the Wolves were going to attain Thad Young from Philadelphia, although some would believe this is the outcome we have been waiting for all along.
Educated guess for Saturday: CLE gets Love, MIN gets Wiggins, Bennett, Young, PHI gets Shved, Moute, CLE #1 (from MIA).— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) August 21, 2014
After the trade is finalized Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett are expected to be introduced sometime next week. If this tweet carries has any warrant to it; expect Wiggins, Bennett and 13th overall draft selection Zach LaVine to be showcased proudly as the Timberwolves' promising young core as soon as Tuesday.
Wolves bringing Zach LaVine in next week to be part of Wiggins/Bennett/Young intros, a move to include him in team's new young core— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) August 22, 2014
Flip Saunders may have orchestrated a way to receive the most possible value in exchange for Kevin Love, but he isn't done making personnel decisions just yet. If the alleged terms of the so-called-imminent deal are indeed true, once the trade is completed, Minnesota's roster will contain 15 signed players in addition to unsigned second round draft selection Glenn Robinson III. J.J. Barea, judging by what has been said, will remain with the Wolves although there were many who had hoped he would be sent elsewhere. Some speculated Shabazz Muhammad would also sent packing, but alas, that is not the case. Minnesota will be left with an overhaul of guards and wings while also solidifying the power forward position with Young and Bennett when the proverbial dust has settled upon the trade being completed.
The Timberwolves may only possess 15 players on the active roster before the season begins.
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The Minnesota Lynx continued their quest for back-to-back WNBA championships yesterday, playing host to the San Antonio Silver Stars in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals.
Things had gone swimmingly for the Lynx through the first quarter, and after a tightly contested second frame the teams entered the locker room separated by 10 points. In the second half Minnesota bolstered the lead throughout the third quarter and led by as much as 15 points, but the Silver Stars refused to simply go away. In what was described by center Janel McCarville after the game as a character flaw, the Lynx allowed a double-digit lead to suddenly dwindle and found themselves one-point behind San Antonio with just over four minutes remaining in the game-- jumping out to big leads only to see them evaporate later has been an issue all season.
Although; Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen simply would not be denied a victory on their home floor, the trio scored the Lynx' final 13 points after McCarville extended the lead by three with 3:16 remaining in the fourth.
After being introduced as league MVP prior to the game Moore went on to score 26 points, shooting 9 of 18 from the field and connecting on all six attempts from the free throw line, in addition to tallying seven assists. Whalen added 10 points and 11 assists, while Augustus contributed 16 points as the Lynx avoided disaster in game one. Minnesota defeated San Antonio by the final score of 88-84.
Happy Friday, everyone. -zb