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Articles tagged: D’Angelo Russell

D’Angelo Russell calls reporter Nick Friedell a ‘clown’

D’Angelo Russell took aim at a reporter over Twitter on Tuesday.

Russell tweeted at ESPN NBA reporter Nick Friedell and called him a “clown.”

Russell’s tweet at Friedell was likely in response to what the reporter said ESPN’s “The Jump” Tuesday.

Friedell said he did not believe Karl-Anthony Towns was the kind of player a team could build around. He advocated for the Timberwolves to trade Towns in the future. Friedell also said the Warriors traded Russell to Minnesota because the team believed Russell was not the kind of player who would make for a core member of a championship team.

That all probably rubbed Russell in the wrong way; Russell and Towns are very close friends and have each others’ backs, especially now that they’re teammates.

Steve Kerr admits D’Angelo Russell was bad fit for Warriors

The Golden State Warriors traded D’Angelo Russell midway through his first season with the team, and they seem to be admitting that it simply was never going to work out.

Russell was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Andrew Wiggins and draft picks on Thursday, ending a failed experiment in the Bay Area. Warriors coach Steve Kerr essentially admitted as much on Friday, stating that Russell was a “questionable” fit from day one.

It doesn’t sound like Russell did anything wrong, but he was a victim of the Warriors trying to acquire assets and make things work knowing that injuries and Kevin Durant’s departure would reshuffle their expectations for the season. Stephen Curry will be back soon, and Thompson will be there next year as well.

This goes along with information that some others in the Golden State locker room just never meshed with Russell. This was ultimately a well-intentioned but failed experiment that the Warriors were able to get out from under it rather quickly.

Report: Key Warriors players soured on D’Angelo Russell

There has been some debate over whether the Golden State Warriors did the right thing by giving up on the D’Angelo Russell experiment and trading him to Minnesota on Thursday, but it sounds like the deal may not be terribly unpopular in the team’s locker room.

According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, “voices that matter” in the Golden State locker room quickly came to see Russell as a poor long-term fit. Slater stressed that Russell was not a problematic figure in the locker room, but teammates did not see a good positional fit due to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson occupying both guard spots when healthy. They also did not think he could be good enough defensively to contribute to an elite unit.

The jury is out on whether Andrew Wiggins can do what Russell seemingly couldn’t. This is a sign, though, that some of these Warriors stars — including Curry and likely Draymond Green — did not see what they wanted out of Russell. As bad as Golden State is this season, they still boast key players with a winning pedigree and the knowledge of what it takes to win championships. If they didn’t care for Russell, it was always going to be an uphill climb.

Russell may not have been an unqualified success with the Warriors, but there’s certainly reason to believe he should make one of his new teammates much happier in Minnesota.

D’Angelo Russell traded to Timberwolves from Warriors for Andrew Wiggins, picks

The Minnesota Timberwolves were determined to land D’Angelo Russell in advance of Thursday’s trade deadline, and they were finally able to convince the Golden State Warriors to part ways with the star point guard.

The Warriors have agreed to trade Russell to Minnesota in exchange for Andrew Wiggins and two future draft picks, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

The 2021 first-round pick is protected to No. 3 and becomes unprotected in 2022, according to Woj.

Russell has been a lone bright spot in an otherwise forgettable season for the Warriors this year. He is averaging 23.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, though his numbers would likely have dipped a bit when Stephen Curry returns from his thumb injury. Some have wondered how Russell and Curry could coexist together on the court, and apparently Golden State was not sold on keeping the duo together.

The Warriors were believed to be seeking a first-round draft pick from Minnesota all along, and it looked like the T-Wolves were balking at that asking price as of Wednesday. In hindsight, that was probably just posturing.

Russell signed a four-year, $117 million deal last offseason as part of a sign-and-trade between Golden State and the Brooklyn Nets. The Timberwolves can now try to build their roster around a core of Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Wiggins, a former No. 1 overall pick, is averaging 22.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game this season.

Knicks reportedly trying to trade for D’Angelo Russell

The Minnesota Timberwolves were unable to pry D’Angelo Russell away from the Golden State Warriors, but the New York Knicks are still in pursuit of the star point guard.

The Knicks have been in talks with the Warriors about a potential Russell trade, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. However, it does not sound like New York has come close to meeting Golden State’s asking price — at least not yet.

All indications are that the Warriors are not going to trade Russell unless they are blown away by an offer, and that offer would likely have to include a high draft pick. That’s the reason the T-Wolves moved on from the talks.

The Knicks are looking to hire a new president of basketball operations and start rebuilding their roster, so they will probably be hesitant to give up significant draft capital as well. There’s always the possibility of getting a third or fourth team involved, but that did not work out for Minnesota.

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

D’Angelo Russell is on the trade market, but it does not look like a deal between the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves is happening any time soon.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on Tuesday that the Warriors are “moving on” from trade talks with Minnesota about Russell. The Timberwolves reportedly are not meeting Golden State’s trade price for Russell.

Minnesota has wanted to pair Russell with his friend, Karl-Anthony Towns, for a while, and Russell was said to be interested last summer.

Minnesota has tried to get creative and reportedly has talked about looping Atlanta and Houston into a four-team deal that would help them land some draft picks they could use to sweeten an offer to Golden State.

This report becoming public is likely the Warriors’ way of putting pressure on Minnesota to step up and meet their asking price.

Report: Timberwolves working on four-team deal to land D’Angelo Russell

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been trying to acquire D’Angelo Russell in advance of Thursday’s trade deadline, and they are reportedly going to great lengths to put together a package that works for the Golden State Warriors.

The T-Wolves have been working with the Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks in hopes of orchestrating a four-team trade that would bring them Russell, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Minnesota does not want to part with a high draft pick as they continue to rebuild, but that is what the Warriors are seeking in any potential deal for Russell. That’s where the Rockets and Hawks could help.

According to Wojnarowski, a four-team deal could send Robert Covington from Minnesota to Houston, Clint Capela to Atlanta, and two first-round picks and an expiring contract to the Timberwolves. Minnesota would then have one or more draft picks to give the Warriors in exchange for Russell.

Even if they can’t land Russell, the Timberwolves might still be interested in making a deal with Atlanta and Houston to acquire additional draft capital to use in other trades.

Russell is averaging 23.8 points and 6.3 assists per game this season. He has been a lone bright spot for a Warriors team that will have a good shot at landing the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NBA Draft. There have been questions about how Russell and Stephen Curry will mesh together on the court when Curry returns from his lengthy injury absence.

The Timberwolves have reportedly explored trading one of their top players for Russell, but it does not sound like Golden State is interested. That is likely why Minnesota is trying to get more creative by involving other teams.

Report: Warriors open to trading D’Angelo Russell; Knicks have interest

The Golden State Warriors appear to be warming up to the idea of trading D’Angelo Russell.

Russell has been the lone bright spot in what is already a lost season for the Warriors, and reports last month indicated Golden State had been telling interested teams they would need to be blown away to trade Russell. However, Marc Stein of the New York Times is now reporting that the Warriors are listening to offers, and the Minnesota Timberwolves are aggressively pursuing Russell.

Russell is averaging 23.8 points and 6.3 assists per game this season. With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson injured and Kevin Durant having moved on to the Brooklyn Nets, Russell has been Golden State’s best player. The Warriors are believed to want a high draft pick in return for Russell, which could make a deal with the rebuilding Timberwolves difficult.

However, Minnesota is not the only team kicking the tires on Russell. Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that the New York Knicks have also discussed packages with the T-Wolves. Charania was also told by a source that the Timberwolves have informed the Warriors they will not part with their unprotected 2020 first-round pick.

Russell is a ball-dominant player, so it’s fair to wonder if he and Curry will compliment each other well. The Warriors could wait until the summer to see if better offers come in four Russell, or they could try to use the point guard to lure one of his superstar buddies to Golden State.

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.

Report: Warriors not seeking D’Angelo Russell trade

The Golden State Warriors appear to see D’Angelo Russell as more than a one-year Band-Aid in Klay Thompson’s absence.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Friday that rival teams who have spoken to the Warriors say they are not searching for a Russell trade, unless one blows them away.

The 23-year-old Russell holds excellent averages of 23.2 points and 6.0 assists per game this season but has been limited to 22 appearances thus far due to various injuries. He is in the first year of a four-year, $117 million deal with the Warriors, thanks to a sign-and-trade with Brooklyn for Kevin Durant.

It is fair to question Russell’s fit in Golden State once Thompson and Stephen Curry get healthy, especially with his ball-dominant style and his limitations on defense. But he is a young stud with All-Star-level talent, and the Warriors could also use Russell’s presence to lure one of his superstar buddies.