The Minnesota Timberwolves have been obsessed with D'Angelo Russell for quite some time. They pursued him in the summer, and they've been tied with a trade for him since the start of the season.
However, the Golden State Warriors hadn't been that interested in trading away their All-Star guard, at least, for what the Timberwolves have to offer.
Nonetheless, it looks like the Timberwolves and Warriors have finally agreed on terms on a deal that would send Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 protected first-round pick, and a 2022 second-round pick. That 2021 pick is top-3 protected, but would become unprotected in 2022.
The Warriors would also send Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the agreement, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Wiggins is arguably a better fit for Steve Kerr's offense than Russell, who needs to have the ball on his hands and could be a bit of a defensive liability next to Stephen Curry.
Thus far, the 23-year-old guard has averaged 23.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game on 43% from the floor and 37% from beyond the arc, but has struggled with injuries throughout the season.
Wiggins, on the other hand, got off to a terrific start of the season but has cooled off a bit over the last couple of months, averaging 22.4 points and career highs in rebounds (5.2) and assists (3.7) per game on 44% from the floor.
The Timberwolves currently hold the second-worst record in the Western Conference but landing Russell guarantees Karl-Anthony Towns won't ask to be traded in the offseason. Moreover, they now have two huge building blocks for the future.
The Warriors could use Wiggins the same way they used Harrison Barnes during their first championship run. The talent and upside have always been there, so perhaps a change of scenario is just what he needs to finally break out as we all expected.