D’Angelo Russell was finally traded out from the Golden State Warriors in the recent NBA trade deadline and fans are wondering why would the Dubs side give out their best performing player. The Warriors send Russell to Minnesota Timberwolves and got Andrew Wiggins in exchange which could be termed as a blockbuster trade deal. Russell was always rumored as a trade asset when the Warriors acquired him in the 2019 free agency.
The Warriors have acquired Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 first round draft pick (top 3 protected), and a 2021 second round draft pick from the Timberwolves in exchange for Jacob Evans III, D’Angelo Russell, and Omari Spellman. pic.twitter.com/ozBrDQJTcc
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 6, 2020
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were injured and Russell was doing a greata job in their absence with an average of 23.6 points and 6.2 assists along with shooting 37.4 percent from the three-point range. Still, the Warriors traded the 23-year-old guard D’Angelo Russell out and here are the real reasons behind the deal with Timberwolves.
Warriors just wanted to get rid of D’Angelo Russell
D’Angelo Russell could never have become a permanent member in Bay Area as his presence along with Curry and Thompson creates the 3-guard problem. Steve Kerr, the head coach of Warriors had no means to manage Russell without effecting the playmaking skills of their core team members.
It is said that the Warriors just wanted D’Angelo to leave San Francisco, they wanted to get rid of his hefty contract and moved him out at the first chance possible during the February trade deadline. Andrew Wiggins with an average of 22.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists, shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from beyond the arc, mostly plays offense and would fit perfectly in the Dubs side.
D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns Duo
D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns have reunited once again as both the players were drafted as the 1st and 2nd overall pick in NBA 2015 drafts. Minnesota Timberwolves can finally end their 13-games losing streak with their new power duo. Towns and Russell are good friends in real life too and that chemistry will hopefully also help the T-wolves in the NBA court.
Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell (2015 draft) will be the first pair of top-2 picks from the same draft to play together since Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams (2011 draft). pic.twitter.com/4F3LNAR7h5
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 6, 2020