After months and months of pursuit, the Minnesota Timberwolves may be close to finally landing D’Angelo Russell in an enormous four-way trade.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have not been shy in expressing their interest in D’Angelo Russell.
It all started last summer when the Wolves thought they were going to land their first big fish of the Gersson Rosas and Ryan Saunders era after Russell traveled to Minnesota to meet with the team.
Golden State then swooped in with a shocking sign-and-trade to acquire the former Nets and Lakers point guard, and the Wolves were left with Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham as their return from the deal.
However, Minnesota has never given up on their attempts to pair Russell with his friend Karl-Anthony Towns, and it looks like they’re finally getting close to nailing down a deal for the All-Star point guard.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Gersson Rosas is trying to conduct a monumental four-team trade that would send shockwaves across the NBA.
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The trade that is in the works is a three-team deal that will hopefully expand into a four-team trade.
Woj reports that the original trade would have the Wolves send Robert Covington to Houston while the Rockets send Clint Capela to the Hawks, and Minnesota would “potentially” get two first-round picks and an expiring contract to close the deal.
Woj writes that the Wolves would use those draft assets to go after Russell, “or elsewhere in deals at the trade deadline or in the offseason.”
That last sentence adds some mystery to the potential deal as it’s not a guarantee that Minnesota can get Russell even if they execute the three-team trade with Houston and Atlanta.
Woj adds that the Wolves and Warriors have been discussing a potential Russell deal for weeks, but it remains to be seen whether anything will actually get done.
If Minnesota can get those two first-round picks for Covington, that gives them a treasure trove of assets to open up their options before Thursday’s trade deadline. At the very least, they would be fully loaded to make a major trade in the offseason.
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Even if a deal for D’Angelo Russell falls through again, the Wolves can turn their focus to another young and talented player to add to their core moving forward.