Since the day he was acquired in the Kevin Durant sign-and-trade, the clock has been ticking on D’Angelo Russell’s time with the Golden State Warriors.
With the trade deadline looming it appears the proverbial clock on Russell’s time in the Bay Area has finally struck midnight. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Golden State has sent the guard to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Andrew Wiggins. Here is a breakdown of the swap:
Golden State receives:
- Andrew Wiggins
- a 2021 protected first round pick
- a 2022 second round pick
- D’Angelo Russell
- Omari Spellman
- Jacob Evans
Wojnarowski adds the 2021 pick is top 3 protected next year, but becomes fully unprotected in 2022.
Russell and Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns are good friends and both have previously hinted at a desire to play together. Russell had put up solid numbers for the injury-decimated Warriors, averaging 23.6 points, 6.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Golden State now has in Andrew Wiggins a player who seemingly has all the physical tools but only puts it together in frustratingly tantalizing flashes. He is still young, only 24, so there is still time to see that potential reached.