National Basketball Association trade deadline: D’Angelo Russell wanted by Knicks, Suns and Timberwolves


Russell signed a four-year, $117-million contract with Golden State this past offseason but was heavily rumored to be on the move before the trade deadline.

The 2021 first-round pick is protected to No. 3 and becomes unprotected in 2022, according to Woj.

Rookies, Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves and D'Angelo Russell #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers start the season opening game for their teams at Staples Center on October 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. He will join Karl-Anthony Towns, who was the top pick by the Timberwolves in that same draft.

Getty D'Angelo Russell is headed to the Minnesota Timberweolves.

Bobby Marks goes to the National Basketball Association trade machine to see what the Timberwolves need to part with to land D'Angelo Russell from the Warriors.

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This season, Wiggins has averaged 22.4 points in 34.6 minutes per game.

He's also posting career-highs in rebounds (5.2), assists (3.7), and blocks (0.9) per game. The Timberwolves now have Russell and Towns together under their financial control through 2023. The 6ft 7in Wiggins is in the second season of a five-year, $147m deal.

The Warriors, meanwhile, will hope Wiggins benefits from their culture. The 23-year old point guard had expressed an interest in signing with Minnesota this past off-season before ultimately reaching a four-year $117M deal with the Warriors as part of the Durant deal.

Golden State and Minnesota do not play each other again this season. That potentially gives Myers a pair of lottery picks to shop for more reinforcements this summer.