NBA trade: D’Angelo Russell, Andrew Wiggins in blockbuster Warriors-Wolves trade
The Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a blockbuster trade that will swap D’Angelo Russell and Andrew Wiggins just hours before the 2020 NBA trade deadline.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski 1st reported the deal, wherein the Wolves will also send a protected 2021 1st rounder and a 2022 2nd rounder.
Golden State has agreed to trade D'Angelo Russell to Minnesota for a deal that includes Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 protected first-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick, league sources tell ESPN. Warriors will send Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman to Timberwolves too.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2020
The Warriors, on the other hand, will send Omari Spellman and Jacob Evans to Minnesota as well.
The trade ends Russell’s short stint with Golden State. He signed with the Warriors during the offseason, as the 2017-2018 back to back champions quickly recovered from Kevin Durant’s departure.
However, because of injuries to Klay Thompson and Steph Curry, Russell was never really able to play together with the Warriors’ Splash Brothers.
The 23-year-old all-star started in all 33 games for the Warriors this year, averaging impressive numbers of 23.6 PPG, 3.7 RPG, and 6.2 APG on 37.4% shooting from 3-point area.
He will now join Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, who is a close friend of his.
Wiggins, the no. 1 pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, will be playing in only his 2nd team after spending the 1st 6 seasons with Minnesota.
He is averaging 22.4 PPG and 5.2 RPG for the Wolves.
He signed a massive max extension worth $148 million back in 2017, leaving the Wolves without much flexibility.
Now the Warriors are absorbing that contract, and it remains to be seen if the wing man will be part of their long-term plans.