Apr 26, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion (0) reacts during the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Dallas won 109-108. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Around the league: Notes on Thaddeus Young, Shawn Marion

Along with the latest Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins rumor came further confirmation that Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young will likely be a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves before Labor Day.

We’ll have some of our own analysis on Young once the trade is officially consummated, but in the meantime, Steve McPherson of A Wolf Among Wolves does a very nice job breaking down exactly what Young would bring to a painfully young Wolves team.

McPherson does a great job of identifying, essentially, how beneficial a veteran, known commodity will be for the development of Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins, among others, especially in direct comparison to Anthony Bennett. The first overall pick from the 2013 draft will likely be headed to Philadelphia as part of the three-team trade (or series of trades, depending on how it ultimately falls together), and McPherson touches on why Young is a better fit in Minnesota.

As mentioned, I’ll have a piece in this space that will further breakdown potential reasons for Flip Saunders’ apparently strong desire to have Young on the 2014-15 roster. He’s a fit for how Saunders has liked to play in the past, and outside of the fact that he’s simply a solid two-way player that isn’t really below-average at too much on the basketball court, it’s fairly clear why he’s seen as a solid fit.

Elsewhere in the NBA, we’d be remiss to not mention Shawn Marion’s visit with Cavaliers’ brass in Ohio, which is just another obvious sign that Wiggins is most certainly not in Cleveland to stay. Marion would be a fantastic fit for the Cavs, and would really be that fourth-option/defensive-minded wing that the Miami Heat lacked outside of their Big Three.

The idea of the top-six players in Cleveland’s rotation including Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Anderson Varejao, and Shawn Marion is pretty scary. That’s a potentially great team.

Lastly, LBJ lost a ton of weight for some reason. He apparently cut out carbs, but looking at those pictures…yikes. It doesn’t look like the change will benefit LeBron for the better.

Stay tuned to find out of the “handshake”, “framework” of an agreement between the Wolves and Cavs becomes even firmer/stronger. And that’s about all we can do.

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