The Minnesota Timberwolves have been seen as something of a disappointment this season, following a wonderful previous year and a blockbuster summer that resulted in them getting Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz.
Right now, the Timberwolves are 9th in the West and struggling to get above .500 again.
Because of the lacking start to the season, the team has been at the center of multiple trade rumors.
The biggest possible trade asset is point guard D’Angelo Russell.
“Minnesota has been exploring trade possibilities for D’Angelo Russell while prioritizing another point guard, sources said”
— Coast 2 Coast (@Coast2CoastNBA) January 17, 2023
We have heard Russell’s name repeatedly over the last few weeks, as the team’s front office has been allegedly figuring out what they want to do next.
Now the picture is becoming more clear and we see what the team is angling for.
It is being reported that Minnesota is exploring trade possibilities for Russell while “prioritizing another point guard.”
Dealing Away D Lo
This latest rumor means that the T-Wolves know things aren’t working out between them and Russell but they still want a guard to replace him.
So far this season, Russell has been generating 17.1 points, 3 rebounds, and 6.2 assists a game.
Those stats are mostly in line with what he has done in the past.
This shows that he still has a lot of skill and could be a huge asset to a number of teams.
It’s clear that the front office in Minnesota just doesn’t feel comfortable moving forward with Russell running plays and being on the court.
There are a number of point guards throughout the league who could be returned for Russell.
But it remains to be seen how quickly the Wolves want to move on a deal.
The trade deadline is just weeks away – will they race to make it or wait for the offseason?
Would this be the change Minnesota needs to pivot into a positive second half of the season?
Fans are starting to worry that it may be too late for 2022-23.