The Golden State Warriors have agreed upon a deal to send All-Star D’Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for former No. 1 pick, Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 protected first-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick. This came after reports that talks had fallen apart between Minnesota and Golden State on reaching a deal, and that the Warriors insisted on running D’Angelo Russell with Stephen Curry once he returned.
The Timberwolves have been interested in D’Angelo for a long time, as they tried to sign him this past offseason since their roster was in need of a point guard, and it was clear that Brooklyn was not resigning Russell after signing Kyrie Irving. Now, they have an all-star caliber point guard to play alongside Karl Anthony-Towns for the first time in his career. KAT had recently expressed frustration after Minnesota dropped their 13th straight game against the Atlanta Hawks last night. The reunion of Towns and D’Lo has been planned for a while, and Minnesota finally got the guy they have wanted for some time.
For Andrew Wiggins, this is a new start for the former first overall pick to have a opportunity to play in a new system and organization, and potentially start alongside Steph and Klay next season. It was clear he wouldn’t be successful in Minnesota and it gives him a chance to break out and learn from the vets on Golden State. The question is whether Wiggins, a ball dominant player, will fit alongside Curry and Thompson. He could end up as a valuable trade piece down the road if he cannot fit in with the Warriors system.
Earlier news: Golden State sends Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III to Philadelphia in exchange for three second-rounders (Dallas 2020, Denver 2021, Toronto 2022).