During the 2019-20 season, the Golden State Warriors traded D'Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Andrew Wiggins and a future protected first-round pick which turned out to be the No. 7 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Jonathan Kuminga. The other less important components of the deal featured Omari Spellman and Jacob Evans going to the Timberwolves, and a 2021 second-round pick going to the Warriors, which eventually became Miles McBride.
At the time, a lot of people suggested that the Minnesota Timberwolves won the trade heavily. After all, D'Angelo Russell is a former All-Star who is a good offensive player, while Andrew Wiggins was viewed as an inefficient scorer and a poor defender.
While Andrew Wiggins' reputation in Minnesota was negative, he has become a solid two-way player with the Golden State Warriors, who currently have an 11-1 record. D'Angelo Russell was good offensively for the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2020-21 season, though he has heavily struggled to start the 2021-22 season, averaging 17.7 PPG while shooting 39.2% from the field. The Timberwolves are also
Warriors governor Joe Lacob has recently commented on the trade between the two franchises on the latest episode of The TK Show with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic. Lacob lauded GM Bob Myers for executing the deal and claimed that it might be "the greatest deal" that the Warriors have done under his tenure.
I thought it was one of the greatest deals, certainly maybe the greatest deal we’ve ever done," he started, presumably referring to his tenure with the team. "And one of the best I’ve seen in a long, long time. I thought it was a killer deal. I thought Bob [Myers] did an amazing job. I don’t even know how to put it strong enough.
A lot of people will say that D'Angelo Russell is a better offensive player than Andrew Wiggins, and they would be correct. However, Wiggins has thrived in a complementary offensive role while being the Warriors' primary perimeter defender, and Jonathan Kuminga has been lauded as a promising prospect. It's easy to see why Lacob believes the trade was "a killer deal", and Lacob has previously claimed that Wiggins is a better fit for the Warriors than Russell.
We'll see how the deal is viewed in the future, but it's obvious to see that the trade has benefited the Warriors thus far. The Golden State Warriors clearly don't regret their decision.