After losing the D’Angelo Russell sweepstakes in the offseason, the Minnesota Timberwolves might be looking to trade for him now that all restrictions are lifted. Here’s why that’s a bad idea.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are in a tough position right now. They’re currently in the middle of a seven game losing streak, which is the longest streak of that kind since the nine game losing streak that came in the middle of the 2015-16 season.
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Backing up even from there, the Timberwolves also seemed to strike out in the offseason. The big piece they wanted to add? D’Angelo Russell.
It’s well known that Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns are close friends off the court. Because of that, it was assumed — both by fans and the front office — that KAT would be able to lure Russell to Minnesota and start what would become a new Timberwolves era.
Yeah, that didn’t happen.
Instead, Russell agreed to a sign-and-trade which saw him go the the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant go to the Brooklyn Nets. The Timberwolves were devastated, as they had mirrored the New York Knicks in ridding themselves of potential assets to open up the space to add Russell.
However, hindsight is 20/20 and now as restrictions for trading most of the players signed last summer have been lifted, it’d be smart for the Timberwolves to pass on any potential DLo trade.