Warriors: Two teams closely pursuing a D’Angelo Russell trade

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With the NBA trade deadline merely two days away, a pair of teams are making a serious run at Golden State Warriors’ guard D’Angelo Russell.

Golden State Warriors‘ guard D’Angelo Russell has been one of the hottest names on the trade market throughout the entire season. With the NBA trade deadline merely two days away, a pair of teams are making a serious run at Russell, those being the New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves.

First comes the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have been in contact with the Golden State Warriors all season inquiring about D’Angelo Russell’s availability.

Minnesota missed out on the 23-year-old in free agency this past offseason and has made an intensified pursuit to acquire the guard this season.

Not gaining any traction with their current assets, the Timberwolves have reportedly been trying to orchestrate a three-team trade to land the proper assets that would satisfy the Warriors.

The deal would send Robert Covington to the Houston Rockets, Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks, and picks back to Minnesota, according to Kevin O’Connor.

The Timberwolves are hopeful these picks would be enough to pry Russell away from the Warriors, but it is unsure at this moment.

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Minnesota has been the team to show the most interest in Russell, as they have been downright desperate to pair him with long time pal Karl-Anthony Towns. However, a new team has joined the mix recently, possibly creating problems for Minnesota.

The New York Knicks have recently shown an interest in the one-time All-Star, but their offer was reportedly shut down. The Knicks put together a package consisting of Bobby Portis, Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina, Allonzo Trier, and a second-round pick, according to Brandon Robinson.

Golden State reportedly counteroffered by asking them for young center Mitchell Robinson and the Knicks unprotected first-round draft pick included in the deal.

New York is apparently not willing to do this, as their current 15-36 record will land them a high lottery pick in this year’s draft.

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The Knicks would be giving up a haul for Russell, but they are getting a star player in return who considered the Knicks in free agency. He is on a four-year $117 million contract, meaning the team would have him locked up for the foreseeable future, a move he may welcome.

Russell reportedly was showing interest in possibly joining the Knicks this past offseason, but ultimately chose to join the Golden State Warriors for a variety of reasons.

Much like Minnesota, he passed due to the weather situation along with the opportunity to play alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

The guard could soon find himself as a member of one of the two teams he passed upon in free agency, but right now, there is only speculation as to where D’Angelo Russell will ultimately end up. With still two days to go until the deadline, anything can happen.

Russell seems content with the idea of a trade, saying, “It is what it is. I am here right now. No telling where I will be in the next few (days). So, wherever I go, my feet will be there.”

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He also added, “I understand the business side and what is going on. It is nothing new.” The 23-year-old has already been traded twice in his five-year career and may see another in the coming days.