The Minnesota Timberwolves have not given up their pursuit of D’Angelo Russell, sources tell Heavy.com. The franchise continues to search for avenues that allow them to pry the guard out of Golden State ahead of the NBA trade deadline.
Minnesota has spoken with other teams, including the Dallas Mavericks, about taking on Andrew Wiggins as part of a potential new three-way trade. It’s not certain how far those talks went. The Wolves are expected to continue to explore this route among others in hopes of landing their coveted point guard before tomorrow’s deadline.
Wiggins, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft, is making over $27.5M this season and will take home $94.74 over the ensuing three seasons. That contract isn’t necessarily scaring teams off, a rival executive tells Heavy.com.
Andrew Wiggins’ Stats & Potential Trade Fits
The 24-year-old wing is averaging 22.4 points per game this season. Wiggins has put an emphasis on taking better shots this year, as the Wolves’ development staff has encouraged. It has resulted in him taking 6.5 attempts per game from behind the arc (a career-high by far)
The Mavericks would be an interesting fit. Again, there’s no indication that Dallas has interest, though it would be safe to assume Tim Hardaway Jr. would be involved in any Wiggins deal due to the Hardaway’s $20M salary.
The Timberwolves continue to have eyes for Russell, though no deal is imminent. Golden State’s current asking price appears to be too high for the club and the two sides could table trade talks until the offseason. As our own Sean Deveney noted, the Wolves and Knicks seem to be the only two clubs in the race for the former No. 2 overall pick. Minnesota is aware of the market and wants to produce an appropriate offer.
Russell joined the Warriors via the Kevin Durant sign-and-trade over the summer and the franchise surrendered a first-round pick in order to bring the guard on board. Without Klay Thompson and Steph Curry this season (Curry played just four games with the club), Russell has been the main attraction in Golden State.
Russell, who was originally drafted by the Lakers, appeared in 33 games for the Warriors. He’s averaging 23.6 points per game, which is the most on the team. The Warriors have gone just 8-25 during games in which the point guard played.
4-Team Blockbuster Trade Now Official
The Wolves sent out Robert Covington, bringing back an additional first-round pick (Brooklyn’s 2020) in the four-team trade late Tuesday night. Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez and Jarred Vanderbilt are all heading from Denver to Minnesota. The trade is now official.
- Robert Covington (Min)
- Jordan Bell (Min)
- 2024 second-round pick (Atl)
- Clint Capela (Hou)
- Nene (Hou)
- Malik Beasley (Den)
- Juan Hernangomez (Den)
- Evan Turner (Atl)
- Jarred Vanderbilt (Den)
- Nets 2020 first-round pick (Atl)
- Gerald Green (Hou)
- Shabazz Napier (Min)
- Keita Bates-Diop (Min)
- Noah Vonleh (Min)
- Rockets 2020 first-round pick (Hou)
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