Two hours before the deadline, the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a swap of D'Angelo Russell and Andrew Wiggins, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Karl-Anthony Towns needed a point guard, and he probably needed a friend, too.
The soon-to-be-25-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Kansas, was originally selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. The only players still around from opening night are Towns, Okogie, Jake Layman, who is injured, and five rookies including first-round draft pick Jarrett Culver. They both came in with lots of pedigree and hype, and have yet to prove themselves as anything more than volume scorers are decent-to-bad teams. The Timberwolves are his fourth team after being selected as the No. 2 pick by the Lakers in 2015.
In Golden State, the Warriors were always going to be dumping Russell.
On Thursday, the Golden State Warriors traded him to Minnesota in exchange for Andrew Wiggins. Klay's been gone all this year.
However, Wiggins' trade - as newsworthy as it was - was never one that was supposed to put him in position to be a first or second option on a healthy Warriors team.
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This season, Wiggins has actually been balancing 22.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 helps per game. He was then traded to the Timberwolves for Kevin Love later that summer.
Yet the Warriors are clearly taking a single year to recover from their injury woes before making another run at the Western Conference with Curry, Thompson, and Green next season. LA is just 14-10 on the road, but the Timberwolves are an atrocious 6-19 on home court.
Kerr kept in mind that the initial choice of the 2014 NBA Draft will certainly have a various assumption with theWarriors While the Timberwolves needed him to be a celebrity, the Dubs will certainly not as that fromWiggins According to Kerr, the Warriors now have some celebrity gamers.
At the very least, that's a big step in the right direction.