There was a lot of chatter this summer regarding D’Angelo Russell and a potential pairing with Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota. The two have history and seem to be close friends, but a deal never came to fruition.
Though, according to Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report, that scenario isn’t quite out of the picture yet — especially if the Warriors continue to look as bad as they did in their season opener. In Buckley’s own words, Russell would be the “ideal trade target” for the Minnesota Timberwolves this year.
“Towns badly needs a second scorer. The team has no future floor general, as both Jeff Teague and Shabazz Napier are on expiring contracts. Russell perfectly fits Towns’ timeline and arguably gives Minnesota its best chance to build a winner over the life of his four-year deal. If the Warriors are receptive to an offer, the Wolves should be able to meet their asking price. Robert Covington seems a likely centerpiece, with either Teague or Gorgui Dieng potentially making the money work. This makes too much sense not to happen, and who knows—maybe it gets Minnesota in play for Devin Booker down the line too.”
It is true that the Wolves have long coveted Russell. But will a package of Robert Covington and Jeff Teague be enough for a bonafide All-Star?
Reports have already indicated that the Warriors would want star power in return for D’Angelo, so it seems unlikely they would let him go for some solid role-players. But who knows, things could change depending on his things play out for them this season.
You can expect the Wolves to keep their eye on D’Lo, though, regardless of the situation.