The Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly traded swingman Rodney Carney, center Calvin Booth and a future first round draft pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a $2.8 million salary cap exception. The Timberwolves first received the exception in a 2007 trade with the Miami Heat.
As the Associated Press reports, the trade will not be announced until tomorrow due to NBA policy.
Phil Jasner of the Philadelphia Daily News expands on the rumors.
The move, intended to Sixers to clear salary cap room for the impending free agent signing period. The Sixers’ primary target appears to be Clippers forward Elton Brand.
Josh Smith seems to be Plan B. If the Sixers fail to get Brand, it is possible they could offer Smith a deal so large it would be nearly impossible for the Atlanta Hawks, who have seven days to match any accepted offer, to find the necessary cap room to keep Smith.