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Timberwolves are intensifying trade pursuit of D’Angelo Russell [report]


© David Berding | 2019 Nov 8


The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly been interested in D’Angelo Russel for a while, and according a new report in The Athletic, they still are.

Jon Krawczynski and Shams Charania wrote on Thursday that the Wolves are “intensifying their pursuit of Golden State Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell” with the February 6 trade deadline now less than a month away. The Warriors have stood firm at this point, electing to wait unless they are “blown away” by an offer until the offseason, when they are no longer hard-capped, to move Russell.

Minnesota has been linked to Russell since last offseason, when he was reportedly their top target before Golden State acquired the guard in a sign-and-trade. At 15-25, and on the heels of trading Jeff Teague in the first step of attempting to retool their roster for the future, Russell very much remains on the Timberwolves radar.

What Russell’s role will/would be when both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson returns remains to be seen, but there is a strong argument to be made that his ideal role would be as a bench scorer rather than sharing a backcourt with Curry, moving Thompson to the small forward position.

Russell is averaging over 23 points and six assists per game this season with Golden State.

 

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