With the NBA trade deadline approaching this week, the biggest name that continues to emerge in discussions is D’Angelo Russell. The Golden State Warriors could potentially move the All-Star guard before Thursday’s deadline.
Russell is having a really solid season with the Warriors, averaging 23.8 points and 6.3 assists per game. His transition from the Nets to the Warriors has been pretty smooth.
Although it’s apparent that Russell is available for the right price, the Warriors haven’t received an offer that intrigues them just yet.
According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the Minnesota Timberwolves tried to pull off a three-way trade in order to acquire assets that would then be sent to Golden State for Russell.
Golden State declined that offer from Minnesota though, which would reportedly include a pair of first-round picks for the 2020 NBA Draft.
From The Ringer:
The Wolves are in hot pursuit of Russell and are searching for assets to put together an offer that is acceptable to the Warriors. Recently, a three-way deal was discussed that would have sent Robert Covington to Houston, Clint Capela to Atlanta, and Brooklyn’s 2020 first-round pick from Atlanta to Minnesota, according to multiple league sources. But Golden State declined Minnesota’s offer—which included the Brooklyn first and its own first-round pick in 2020—and the three-way talks were put on pause
Minnesota wants to pair Russell with Karl-Anthony Towns. The front office needs to improve its offer if it wants that to happen.
We’ll find out soon enough if the Timberwolves can strike a deal with the Warriors before Thursday afternoon.