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.
Golden State has agreed to trade D'Angelo Russell to Minnesota for a deal that includes Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 protected first-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick, league sources tell ESPN. Warriors will send Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman to Timberwolves too.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2020
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…