NBA Trade Deadline Roundup: Making Sense of the Andrew Wiggins, D’Angelo Russell Moves
via Getty Images. Pictured: Andrew Wiggins (left), D’Angelo Wiggins (right).
It seemed that talks between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors about a trade centering around D’Angelo Russell had stalled — but Thursday afternoon the two sides came to an agreement.
The Wolves traded Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 first-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick for Russell, Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman.
This is clearly the biggest move of the deadline, and it fundamentally changes the future of these two franchises. Our NBA experts — WorldWideWob, Justin Phan, Matt Moore, Matt LaMarca and Brandon Anderson — give their immediate reactions below.
Wob: Don’t Write Off Wiggins … Yet
I’m going to be alone here, but ’tis life on the pirate ship. I actually like this Wiggins-Russell trade more for the Warriors than the Timberwolves.
First of all, Golden State just got a VERY good draft pick in exchange for swapping bad contracts.
Second, D’Angelo Russell was never going to fit in with the Splash Brothers. He thrives in the high pick-and-roll, needs the ball in his hands and, oh by the way, is one of the worst individual defenders in the league. Now in Minnesota, TWO of the league’s worst individual defenders are on the same roster.
Third, we’ve never seen Andrew Wiggins in a winning environment. If all of this “potential” his supporters swear by can be unleashed anywhere, it’s with this generation’s dynasty surrounded by the best shooters on Earth.
Why I think this works is because the days of Andrew Wiggins shooting 20 times a game carrying a usage percentage north of 30% are over. He will never see the ball on this team unless he’s slashing to the rim.