After signing a 4-year contract with Golden State worth $117 million, D’Angelo Russell’s time with the team is about to come to an end. On Thursday Golden State traded Russell Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman to Minnesota for Andrew Wiggins, 2021 First Round Pick,and 2021 Second Round Pick. Russell has 3 years left on his contract.
In 32 games this season, Russell averaged 23.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists in 32.1 minutes per game. With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, both injured, D’Angelo Russell has been leading the team throughout the season.
Rumors swirled that the Knicks were interested in acquiring the 23-year old with multiple trade scenarios being thrown around. According to reports, the team is still looking to add to their team. Kyle Kuzma is among the names being thrown around. The Knicks’ seem prepared to pair with anyone on the roster not named Mitchell Robinson or RJ Barrett.
With Minnesota heading towards the future, they needed help offensively, the team is hoping Russell is the guy that can spark some offensive firepower and help improve the team. Minnesota will also have to keep in mind that this is not a rental since Russel has 3 years left on his contract.
With Golden State having an 12-40 record, trading Russell was the best thing for the future of the team. Getting back Evans, Spellman, and several draft pick should be helpful come next season when Klay Thompson is back on the court.
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