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#pounditTuesday, September 21, 2021

Report: Timberwolves have tried to trade Andrew Wiggins for D’Angelo Russell

The Minnesota Timberwolves still want D’Angelo Russell, but they’re having a hard time getting the Golden State Warriors to listen.

According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, the Timberwolves have offered Andrew Wiggins to the Warriors in a trade for Russell. To this point, the Warriors have no interest in such a trade, as they are not desperate to deal Russell and would be making a deal that would, in the minds of most, see them trading away more talent than they would be receiving.

The Timberwolves are desperate to keep star center Karl-Anthony Towns happy, and getting Russell would do that. It would also improve the team — Russell is averaging 24 points and 6.3 assists per game, albeit in only 31 appearances. The Warriors, however, are willing to wait things out and see how Russell and Curry play together. They also believe that waiting until summer could result in better offers if they do ultimately opt to trade Russell.

Russell and Towns are close. Towns heavily recruited Russell last offseason, but some key factors led to Russell turning down the opportunity. Minnesota’s desire to get Russell is understandable, but so is Golden State’s patience — and there’s no way that Wiggins alone should be able to get the star guard from the Warriors.

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