NBA Trade Rumors: Latest on Warriors' D'Angelo Russell, Wolves' Andrew Wiggins

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2020

Golden State Warriors' D'Angelo Russell plays during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Five days before the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 6, the Golden State Warriors aren't expected to make a significant move involving D'Angelo Russell. 

Per NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole, multiple NBA sources don't anticipate Russell will be seriously shopped around until the summer. 

"Doubt it," one source told Poole. "The only way it happens is if the Warriors get nervous and accelerate their plan. The old Warriors might have done that. I don't see these guys doing that?"

Poole noted there is a "chance" the Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves could discuss a potential Russell deal involving Andrew Wiggins, but "both teams are expected to be more inclined to make a trade" in June. 

The Warriors have already made one notable trade, sending Willie Cauley-Stein to the Dallas Mavericks for a second-round draft pick on Jan. 25.

It's not a surprise that Golden State, owners of the league's worst record (10-39), would be a seller leading up to the trade deadline, but it's unclear how much general manager Bob Myers is going to change his roster during the season. 

Per The Athletic's Anthony Slater, the Timberwolves have maintained interest in Russell throughout the season. 

Russell and Minnesota star Karl-Anthony Towns are close friends. The T-Wolves attempted to sign Russell as a free agent last summer, per ESPN's Zach Lowe (h/t RealGM.com).

Point guard is a position the Timberwolves have had problems getting quality production from for years. Shabazz Napier is currently handling starting duties for head coach Ryan Saunders, but he's only 40.5 percent from the field. 

Russell and Wiggins would be natural trade chips for the two teams because of their nearly-identical salaries this season. Both players are signed through 2022-23, with Wiggins set to earn about $4.7 million more over the next three seasons combined ($94.7 million to $90.04 million). 

Russell is averaging a career-high 24.0 points per game and shooting 37.7 percent from three-point range with Golden State. Wiggins is averaging 22.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for the T-Wolves. 

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