D'Angelo Russell Trade Rumors: Heat Have 'Registered Interest' in T-Wolves Guard

Adam WellsJanuary 13, 2023

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 04: D'Angelo Russell #0 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts to a call on the floor in the third quarter of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Target Center on January 4, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves defeated the Trail Blazers 113-106. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
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As the Minnesota Timberwolves keep struggling to pull their way out of the play-in tournament mix, D'Angelo Russell's future with the organization is uncertain with the trade deadline looming.

Per Yahoo Sports' Jake Fischer, the Miami Heat are a team that has "registered interest" in Russell, but it is "unlikely" a direct deal involving Kyle Lowry happens.

Russell, to his credit, seems to understand the business realities of playing in the NBA for a team that might need to pivot during the season.

"You either take advantage of me and my ability, or f--k up the opportunity with me," Russell told Fischer. "It's as simple as that."

There have been rumblings that the Timberwolves are at least considering a trade involving the 26-year-old since December.

Darren Wolfson of SKOR North reported last month the Heat were showing "just a little bit" of interest in Russell.

Lowry seems to be the biggest name on the Heat roster who could be moved before the Feb. 9 trade deadline. The six-time All-Star is struggling offensively this season. He is averaging 13.1 points on 39.8 percent shooting and 5.6 assists per game in 36 starts.

Per Basketball-Reference.com, Lowry's 1.5 defensive win shares rank third on the Heat, behind Bam Adebayo (2.1) and Jimmy Butler (1.6).

Lowry is in the second season of a three-year, $85 million contract he signed in July 2021. He is owed $28.3 million total this season and $29.7 million in 2023-24.

Miami has been playing better of late with 11 wins in its last 16 games after a 12-15 start. They currently sit in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Russell is having one of his most efficient scoring seasons. He's averaging 17.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting and a team-high 6.4 assists per game in 39 starts.

The Timberwolves could fetch a strong return for Russell because of his offensive upside. He's also playing on an expiring contract and is owed about $15.3 million for the remainder of this season.

Expectations were high for Minnesota coming into the season after acquiring Rudy Gobert to play with Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Injuries and inconsistent performances have resulted in the T-Wolves sitting in 10th in the Western Conference with a 20-22 record. They are only 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the sixth seed in the playoff standings.