The Golden State Warriors have reportedly agreed to trade D'Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, a protected first-round pick in 2021 and a 2021 second-round pick, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Woj notes that the first round pick is Top-3 protected and would become unprotected in 2022.
Russell, now headed to his fourth team in five seasons, is currently averaging a career-high 23.6 points to go along with 6.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. The 23-year old point guard had expressed an interest in signing with Minnesota this past off-season before ultimately reaching a four-year $117M deal with the Warriors as part of the Durant deal.
Now, Russell will get the opportunity to play alongside his longtime friend Karl-Anthony Towns, a player that he has openly discussed teaming up with. During a shoot for Slam Magazine back in October, which featured Russell, KAT and Devin Booker on the cover, DLo revealed:
"We gotta do this again, when we're all on the same team," Russell said toward the end of the shoot. "Nah, don't cut [the cameras]. Y'all got it on footage. When we're all on the same team -- I ain't gonna tell you which team because I don't know -- we're gonna do this again."
The Timberwolves are currently riding a 13th straight losing streak and they rank among the bottom five teams in the NBA with a record of 15-35. The Warriors, meanwhile, maintain the worst overall record in the league at 12-40. Wiggins, 24, is averaging 22.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
Warriors GM Addresses D’Angelo Russell Trade Rumors
"Let's see what he is. Let's see how he fits."
Golden State Warriors General Manager Bob Myers insists the team did not acquire D'Angelo Russell this off-season with the sole intention of trading him, despite the rumors that have surfaced in recent weeks.
Shortly after the Warriors and Nets agreed to the blockbuster deal that sent Kevin Durant to Brooklyn and D-Lo to the Bay Area, the New York Times' Marc Stein reported that Golden State would be trading Russell at some point, "It's just a matter of when."
Myers, however, says there are no imminent plans to move Russell. Furthermore, Myers explained that he wants to see how the 23-year old All Star fits into their system before reaching any decisions.
Per ESPN's Nick Friedell:
"I know it's been written and speculated. That's fine," Myers said Monday, according to ESPN. "That's what everybody's job is to do. We didn't sign him with the intention of just trading him. We haven't even seen him play in our uniform yet, and a lot of people have us already trading him. That's not how we're viewing it. Let's just see what we have. Let's see what he is. Let's see how he fits.
"Part of our job in the front office and the coaching staff and the organization is, 'How does it all work?' ... So much of our sport at least, and maybe other sports, is, 'What are you doing next?' We got to figure out what we're doing now."
Russell, who inked a four-year $117M deal with the Warriors, developed into an All Star last season in Brooklyn, averaging career highs across the board with 21.1 points, 7 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game while leading the Nets to the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.