After putting together the best season of his young career, D’Angelo Russell enters free agency as one of the top guards on the market. With free agency starting on Sunday, the market for the Ohio State product is starting to take shape.
The Nets saw Russell blossom into an All-Star guard this past season. He led the team to the playoffs while averaging 21.1 points and 7.0 assist per game.
Brooklyn has interest in signing Kyrie Irving this offseason, which would then open the door for Russell to leave.
Earlier this week there were reports that the Lakers would be interested in a reunion with Russell. However, they won’t be the only team that wants to sign the former No. 2 overall pick.
It turns out that there’s mutual interest between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Russell, as the two sides will meet during free agency.
According to Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports, the Timberwolves needed to assure Russell that they can clear cap space to sign him before setting up the meeting.
Told that D'Angelo Russell's team would not have set a meeting with the Minnesota Timberwolves without assurances Wolves could clear the necessary cap space to sign Russell. Minnesota has made it clear they believe they can get to the $27.25M max space necessary to sign Russell.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) June 29, 2019
The likely candidate for Minnesota to move is Andrew Wiggins, who is entering the second year of his $147 million contract.
Even if Russell reaches an agreement with the Timberwolves, the Nets hold the right to match any offer sheet.
It’s going to be an entertaining offseason in the NBA.