Warriors reportedly moving on from D'Angelo Russell trade talks with Timberwolves

Ross Houston
February 5, 2020

Woj is quick to note in his report that "a gulf has remained between the Warriors and Timberwolves on a possible agreement".

With Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline looming, the Knicks are reportedly eyeing D'Angelo Russell.

Whether Russell was a long-term answer was beside the point. Though the Warriors repeatedly have denied that, they have listened to trade offers for him in recent days. However, it stands to reason if Minnesota is pursuing draft pick assets, that's probably what the Warriors indicated it would take in order to deal Russell. According to ESPN, the Timberwolves are engineering multi-team trade discussions with Houston and Atlanta in hopes of a four-way deal that would give them Russell.

Minnesota could then make it a four-team trade by dealing two first-round picks along with possibly Anthony Wiggins to the Warriors for Russell.

SportsNet New York's Ian Begley reported the Knicks to have "registered interest" in Russell, with forward Bobby Portis as one of the names in the deal to bring the former Ohio State Buckeye to Madison Square Garden. The 23-year-old has played nine of the Warriors' past 10 matches and was expected to return to the line-up on Wednesday against the Nets after a quadricep injury.

In his 32 appearances this season (all starts), Russell has racked up averages of 23.8 points on 43.3 percent shooting from the field (38.3 percent from beyond the arc), 6.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and just under one steal (0.9) in 32.1 minutes per outing.

"I am comfortable with being uncomfortable", Russell said.

This is a testament to Russell's professionalism.

"I tell myself I'm five years [in the league] going on 10", he added. "It's been a insane career so far".

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