The Golden State Warriors are trading G D’Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves for G/F Andrew Wiggins, a first-round picks and a second-round pick, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Here are all the details:
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 Timberwolves have had DLO on their radar since the start of free agency. After he landed in Golden State via a sign-and-trade, the odds of him landing in Minnesota seemed slim because of salary cap issues. Luckily for the Wolves, the Warriors had interest in Wiggins. He is scoring 22.4 points per game, but he does it on poor efficiency. Wiggins has a 53.5% true shooting and it seemed like his contract was not movable. The Timberwolves signed him to a five-year extension worth $147M prior to last season.
In Russell, Minnesota has landed an All-Star point guard to pair with Karl-Anthony Towns. Last night, the Wolves struggled with a true point guard and lost in a fairly lopsided home game to the Atlanta Hawks. Russell will sure up that area of the Wolves’ roster since he’s averaging 23.6 points and 6.2 assists per game. He should be deadly in the PNR with Towns. Heading to Minnesota, we could see a slight dip in usage for DLO although it should also come with an uptick in efficiency.