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Timberwolves rookie LaVine can dunk

Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine probably won’t play in the All-Star Game this season, but a new YouTube video makes it clear he could be the man to beat that weekend in the slam dunk contest.

The 19-year-old guard out of UCLA had jaws dropping Sunday night during a dunk contest at the Jamal Crawford Pro-Am in Seattle. Turns out that reports of his 46-inch vertical leap were not greatly exaggerated.

Of course, there’s more to basketball than just mad hops. And LaVine will not make Wolves fans forget the soon-to-be-departed Kevin Love any time soon.

But he appears to have this dunking thing down pat.

Wolves reportedly covet 76ers’ Young in trade for Love

The Timberwolves reportedly want Thaddeus Young to become Love’s replacement at power forward.

 Minnesota is exploring trade options to acquire the 76ers veteran if it parts ways with the disgruntled Love, according to

 The Timberwolves standout has expressed his desire to be traded to the Cavaliers. Love also has been linked to potential trades with the Chicago Bulls and the Golden State Warriors.

 It is unknown if the Sixers are willing to trade Young.

The team unsuccessfully shopped him leading up to the NBA draft, according to sources. But the Sixers have publicly expressed a desire to keep the 6-foot-8, 235-pounder.

 It’s no secret that Young, 26, wants to play for a contender, something the Timberwolves are not. It’s also no secret that the Sixers are content with struggling again next season and are far away from being competitive.