The Warriors and Timberwolves made a big splash on Deadline Day with a swap of young stars in D’Angelo Russell and Andrew Wiggins. The Timberwolves had been after Russell for a while and finally got their guy. The Dubs get Wiggins, who is under contract for three more seasons and should mesh nicely with the core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. We take a look at who won the trade and hand out grades for both teams.
Golden State Warriors
I don’t really understand this move from the Warriors’ end. To be clear, the fit with D’Angelo Russell and Steph Curry in the backcourt never seemed like a longterm plan. I thought Russell should have been traded and the Timberwolves seemed like an obvious destination. In terms of contracts, this is basically a wash since DLO and Andrew Wiggins are making the same money. My big issue here is that I feel like the Warriors could have gotten more out of this deal. The Timberwolves appeared desperate to land Russell and I think they would have been willing to give up more picks and prospects in this trade. An additional first round pick or a prospect like Jarrett Culver would have more in line with what I thought Golden State could get out of this deal.
Grade - D
When the Wolves signed Wiggins to a 5-year $147M extension last season, I never thought there would be a way for them to get out of that deal. Not only did they get out of the contract, they turned it into a 23-year-old All-Star point guard. Minnesota did surrender a first round pick, but I think it was well worth it. Not only were the Wolves desperately in need of a point guard, I think they needed to make a move to appease Karl-Anthony Towns. Minnesota is a on 13-game losing streak and there was risk of KAT becoming unhappy and asking to be traded in the offseason if a dramatic change wasn’t made. Even though the Wolves won’t be competing for a playoff spot this season, there is reason to be optimistic for the future. Russell is averaging 23.6 points and 6.2 assists per game and he figures to complement Towns well on offense.