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WOJ BOMB: D’Angelo Russell Traded to Timberwolves, Teams up With Karl-Anthony Towns

(Photo via | circa 2015)

(Photo via | circa 2015)

We have a Woj Bomb!

The Minnesota Timberwolves finally heard what Karl-Anthony Towns has been preaching. D’Angelo Russell is now his teammate in Minny.

The trade comes not even one day after Towns said he was growing impatient with the franchise. Minnesota lost its 13th consecutive game on Wednesday and Towns hasn’t won a game since Nov. 27 due to missing time with an injury.

“I’ve been losing for a long time,” Towns said, according to The Athletic. “I’m not trying to do that shit anymore. So every possession means a lot. You obviously see my patience running low with a lot of things. There’s no excuses. We gotta get it done.”

They finally got it done.

This is a MASSIVE move for Minnesota for a bunch reasons; they appease their star player for the immediate future, get off Andrew Wiggins loaded contract, and add an All-Star caliber player fresh on a longterm contract. This is probably the biggest win the Wolves have seen since making the playoffs back when Jimmy Butler hadn’t gone completely insane.

Minnesota is currently 15-35, 14th in the Western Conference, and 8.5 games out of the eighth playoff seed with just 32 games left. They aren’t making the playoffs this season, but they have a head start on next year. Russell and Towns are close friends and have talked about playing together before; this move couldn’t have worked out better for Minnesota.

As for Golden State, they receive Wiggins along with two picks – one of them a protected first-round pick in 2021 and the other a 2021 second-rounder (Woj later corrected that it is a 2021 second-round pick and not 2022 as initially reported). While that isn’t a terrible haul, it definitely feels like Minnesota comes out as the initial winners. But Steph Curry is expected to come back before the end of the season and they’ll have a healthy Klay Thompson next year. Draymond Green is still there and they struck gold with Eric Paschall in the 2019 draft. It originally looked like they might take that core plus Russell and a wealth of future picks into the offseason; now they replace Russell with Wiggins while adding another first-round pick. Looking at it from that perspective, it’s not a bad deal. Wiggins’ contract will expire before Russell’s and maybe (just maybe), he finds a role as the fourth-best player on the Warriors and they murder the competition next season. It could happen.

Now we just need Devin Booker to demand a trade…

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA. Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan

3 Comments for WOJ BOMB: D’Angelo Russell Traded to Timberwolves, Teams up With Karl-Anthony Towns

  1. ryan1723
    1:42 pm February 6, 2020 Permalink

    I mean KAT is a big part of that problem. They guy has had a negative +/- for 3 of his 5 years in the league. He’s consistently rated one of the bottom five defensive centers in the league. So don’t blame the organization completely.

  2. nocode96
    2:19 pm February 6, 2020 Permalink

    The rumor mill within the Phoenix Suns fan community is that Booker won’t be far behind. I don’t know how much truth is behind that or if this is just an unhappy fan base preparing for the inevitable, but I’d live to see Booker and KAT play together with Russell as their point.

    And to be fair, Minnesota is a pretty puss poor organization, but as ryan1723 said above me, KAT is not innocent in all this by any stretch. He may be my all time favorite wildcat, but he definitely has many steps to take before he reaches elite AD type levels. Defense and efficiency are two big parts of that.

  3. JASUN74
    4:00 pm February 6, 2020 Permalink

    Kat wouldn’t have to take every shot if anyone else would try to help him out just a little. Now don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see him get his butt on the block and never take another three, their team just hasn’t been built that way and without him they would had a hard time scoring.

    If they would get a couple players that could help him maybe we can see Kat play like he should. This is a good start, but Russell isn’t the only one they need and until they get another great scoring three, he’ll try to be a ball hog too. Booker would definitely be nice on that team and they could put Kat where he needs to be instead of standing outside all the time.

    Carl is a great player, but it’s hard to win when you’re the only one on the team who gives a shiiit! I’ve wanted him to leave that shiiit show for five years but it is what it is. He’s definitely doing great in his life and that’s the most important thing anyway. Go Cats