The Minnesota Timberwolves have been another team interested in acquiring the services of D’Angelo Russell this summer, and, as they count with the ‘go ahead’ of their maximum star, Karl-Anthony Towns, the T-Wolves started their pursuit.
It’s not a secret that former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggings is not seen with good eyes in Minnesota, so the team has been trying to find him a new home even before the start of last season. Right now they are keen to find a team that feels good taking Wiggins’ huge contract via trade, and they have tried everything in order to finally get rid of the Canadian.
If you put together these two scenarios, you have what Minnesota has reportedly done trying to solve two problems at the same time. According to Darren Wolfson of KSTP and SKOR North, the Timberwolves have tried to engage the Nets in a sign-and-trade of Wiggins for Russell.
As expected, this negotiation didn’t even begin between the two organizations, as Wolfson added the discussion "never got even an inch off the ground" and ended up just like a crazy idea of the Timberwolves and their need to offload Wiggins and his contract somewhere else.
Andrew currently has a contract with a guaranteed four years and over $122 million remaining before it expires after 2022/23, so you know why this is a big issue for Minnesota and why nobody wants to engage in a deal for this player.
ESPN.com's Zach Lowe also said on his podcast that the Timberwolves "believe they have a pathway to get D'Angelo Russell.”
Russell finished last season taking the Nets to end their three-year playoff drought, getting his first call ever to the All-Star game and being named a finalist for the Most Improved Player award, after recording 21.1 points and 7.0 assists.
Wiggins, on the other hand, hasn’t been much of a successful player and the contract that his team offered him back in 2017 with the hope that he would take his game to the next level is what prevents Minnesota from landing quality players like Russell now.
Unless they miraculously find a team who actually believes Wiggins can improve his game in the next seasons, there is not much hope for the Wolves to catch a big fish during this free agency or the ones to come while Wiggins is still with them.