After all, the Golden State Warriors signed D’Angelo Russell to trade with him.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are said to acquire Golden State's all-star guard. ESPN reports Thursday, hours before the NBA closes.
The Warriors receive Andrew Wiggins, a 2021-protected first-round pick, and a 2021-second-round pick. Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman are sent to the Timberwolves with Russell.
The deal ends the Timberwolves' month-long pursuit of Russell, who switched to the Warriors this summer as a free agent to mate with superstar attacker Karl-Anthony Towns.
The Knicks had been interested in taking over Russell to fill their position as Point Guard and had monitored whether Towns would be unfortunate enough to leave Minnesota. Now that his good friend Russell arrives as his buddy, this possibility is diminishing.
For the 23-year-old Russell, it is the fourth team in five professional seasons, the No. 2 in the 2015 draft (Towns was No. 1). He played two seasons for the Lakers before being shipped to Brooklyn, where he first became an all-star in 2018-19. He averaged a career high of 23.6 points and 6.2 assists in 33 games for the Warriors. He is in the first year of a four-year $ 117 million contract.
"If you've been in this situation many times, you know how to do it," Russell said on Wednesday night after the Warriors' defeat against the nets. "It's not something you lose sleep about because at the end of the day you can't really control it."
The 24-year-old Wiggins has not fulfilled his promise as number 1 in the 2014 draft and as rookie of the year 2015. He has career averages of 19.7 points and 16.5 field goal attempts per game. He has the chance to restart his complementary career for the Warriors, who are waiting for Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to return after an injury, and with a worst result in the league from 12 to 40 for a top selection in 2020 Positions are draft.