When the Minnesota Timberwolves were eliminated by the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 of their first-round series, there were a lot of various narratives being thrown around.
People criticized Karl-Anthony Towns and his shot selection down the stretch. The T-Wolves were blasted for blowing so many leads throughout the series, thus losing a bout they probably should have one. These and other critical conversations were the talks of the town.
NBA Trades: 3 D’Angelo Russell trades for the Minnesota Timberwolves to consider
However, the one man everyone seemed to be talking about after the game was D’Angelo Russell. Unfortunately for him, it wasn’t because of anything great that he did during the game.
Russell was not in the T-Wolves’ closing lineup in the final minutes of the game, something that he has made it clear that he’s not very happy about. Instead, head coach Chris Finch went with Jordan McLaughlin.
In Finch’s defense, McLaughlin had been by far the more efficient player throughout the series, as well as the better playmaker. That being said, it was a tough look for Russell to be on the bench with how much money he’s making.
With Russell being upset at the fact he wasn’t put in the game, trade rumors have begun popping up. And according to long-time NBA reporter Marc Stein (subscription required), rival teams are expected to inquire about Russell this summer.
Russell is very close friends with Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns, so it’s unlikely he gets dealt. However, if the right offer presents itself, should the T-Wolves be willing to trade him?
Here are three potential trades for Russell and the T-Wolves this summer…