Published: Fri, February 07, 2020
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Warriors trade D'Angelo Russell to Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins, draft picks

Warriors trade D'Angelo Russell to Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins, draft picks

The Golden State Warriors traded D'Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans, and Omari Spellman to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 first-round pick, and a 2021 second-rounder, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Towns voiced his frustration with Minnesota's losing Wednesday night, and hours later the team acquired Russell to pair with one of the NBA's top young centers.

The 24-year-old was the first overall pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2014 NBA Draft.

For the Timberwolves, it gives the franchise more than just a star guard; it might save them from having to deal an unhappy Karl-Anthony Towns. Minnesota will be Russell's fourth National Basketball Association team. It becomes unprotected in 2022 if it does not convey. He is averaging 22.4 points this season, an uptick from the past two years but still capped by a pattern of inconsistency.

The 24-year-old Vaughan native and graduate of Vaughan Secondary School was dealt in the early afternoon of February 6 and just hours before the league's trade deadline.

So you can see why the Knicks would have some interest in Russell, who is under team control through 2023, and at just 23 years old, he would represent a piece NY could build with.

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. After a promising start to this season, Wiggins reverted to his inefficient self. Golden State owns the league's worst record in this injury-riddled campaign, and there is no guarantee the Timberwolves make the playoffs in a crowded Western Conference the next two seasons.

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