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

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Apr 5, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Washington Wizards center Kristaps Porzingis (6) dribbles the ball while Minnesota Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell (0) defends in the second quarter at Target Center, NBA Trades: 3 D’Angelo Russell trades for the Timberwolves to consider. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports /

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

Washington Wizards receive: D’Angelo Russell, Jaylen Nowell

Minnesota Timberwolves receive: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rui Hachimura, Corey Kispert, Vernon Carey Jr.

Out of the three proposed trades, this one is by far the most unrealistic. That being said, there’s an argument to be made that it could help out both teams in the long run.

The Timberwolves would be trading in Russell, who will be on the last year of his deal next season, for another expiring contract and two young pieces who can be a part of their core moving forward.

Pope will be expiring next year, but he’d be a great 3&D piece for the Wolves next year. However, both Hachimura and Kispert would be great long-term pieces for them.

Hachimura has shown a ton of potential and could slot in at the four next to Karl-Anthony Towns. And Kispert projects to be a solid two-way wing that could give them some depth. Carey Jr. is in this trade solely for salary-matching purposes, so the Wolves could release him if they wanted.

For the Wizards, this would be another move to help convince Bradley Beal to stick around. Maybe they could find some success with the trio of him, Russell, and Kristaps Porzingis.

In all likelihood, Russell isn’t going anywhere this offseason. That being said, if the Wolves do decide to explore their options, these three trades could be a good place to start.

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