NBA Trades: 3 D’Angelo Russell trades for the Minnesota Timberwolves to consider

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NBA Trades: 3 D’Angelo Russell trades for the Minnesota Timberwolves to consider: New York Knicks

New York Knicks receive: D’Angelo Russell, 2027 Second-Round Pick

Minnesota Timberwolves receive: Evan Fournier, Nerlens Noel, Quentin Grimes

Fournier just wrapped up what was one of the worst seasons of his NBA career. At least, that’s what the media will tell you. In actuality, he put up his career averages this year, just check the numbers.

His field goal percentage was down, but that’s about it. The biggest reason it seemed like he had a terrible season is that he was relatively inconsistent. But so were the Knicks.

In reality, Fournier still has the potential to be a big, scoring guard that can make plays for himself and others. That would fit right in with what the Timberwolves are doing.

Minnesota would also get a much-needed backup center in this trade in Noel, who would probably end up playing minutes whenever they need a stop on the defensive end.

But the real gem of this deal for the T-Wolves would be Grimes. The young wing could develop into a sparkplug scorer off the bench for the Wolves if given the opportunity.

Meanwhile, the Knicks would get the ball-handler they so desperately need, as well as a swagger-filled point guard who feels destined to play in a big market.

Russell would bring MSG to life on a nightly basis while simultaneously setting Julius Randle and RJ Barrett up for shots. And even if it doesn’t work out, Russell would be off the books sooner than Fournier, anyways.