Warriors trade D'Angelo Russell to Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins, draft picks

Warriors trade Russell to Wolves for Wiggins

Former Ohio State basketball player D’Angelo Russell traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves: Report

Russell was only acquired by the Warriors in a sign-and-trade in July following Kevin Durant's departure to the Brooklyn Nets via free agency, however, Golden State dealt the star guard to the Minnesota Timberwolves prior to Thursday's trade deadline.

Interestingly, the reason that Kerr and Golden State aren't anxious that Wiggins will fail is because the Warriors aren't asking him to play like a star.

"We know that Andrew is a better positional candidate for us than D & # 39; Angelo, just since Steph and Klay will return for next season, hopefully before that, in Steph's case", Kerr said.

Kerr added: "To be completely blunt, the fit was doubtful when we signed [Russell] No one questioned that".

Wiggins is far from a ideal player but a change of environment (heading to the vibrant Bay Area) with a championship culture and teammates that breathe with competitive fire should do wonders for him.

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Despite the glaring misfit between team and player, Golden State continued to portray Russell as a mainstay through much of the early season, with reports even coming out that the Warriors were looking forward to seeing a Russell-Steph Curry duo. The 24-year-old wing is averaging 22.4 points per game this season.

"I think with D-Lo here, it's always going to be a big incentive for me to want to stay", Towns said.

Wiggins won't be called upon to become that with the Warriors. The first choice that year was Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, a friend of Russell around whom the front office has been trying to rebuild the roster. Russell said that they have joked over the years about playing together. "The players come and go from here".

Kerr added, "There's a difference in the role that we're gonna ask him to play, too".

Leading the Warriors offensively is forward Eric Paschall who has been solid so far this season as he is averaging a team-high 16.1 points per game along with 4.7 rebounds per game.

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