2020 NBA Trade Deadline: D’Angelo Russell Traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves

For the 2nd year in a row, a major deal has gone down on the trade deadline. Former All-Star Guard D’Angelo Russell has been traded from the Golden State Warriors to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The trade package goes as such:

TWolves Get
warriors get
D’Angelo Russell
Omari Spellman
Jacob Evans
Andrew Wiggins
2021 First Rounder*
2021 2nd Rounder

*becomes unprotected 2022 if the pick falls within top 3

Obviously, this will be the biggest deal we see this trade deadline, so let us dive into the impact that this deal has with both teams, as well as how it changes the landscape of the future NBA.

Minnesota Timberwolves

It is very rare we see an extremely one-sided trade, but this deal is exactly that. Let’s look at what Minnesota last in this deal. It is simply just Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins has played his entire career in Minnesota and simply hasn’t progressed. Wiggins peaked in in 2016, where he averaged a career-high 23.6 ppg on 45% shooting. Unfortunately, Wiggins numbers declined the last 3 years, including this season where he is averaging 22.4 ppg on 42% shooting. If Wiggins remained with the T-Wolves for the entirety of the season, he would have only averaged 20+ PPG two times in his 6-year career with the team. We also can’t forget that Wiggins is an atrocious defender; in fact, Wiggins is one of the few players averaging 20+ PPG this season with a negative defensive box plus-minus. Evidently, Wiggins was not playing up to his contract, and may never do that.

The Timberwolves also sent out two picks, one being a top 3 protected first-round pick, and the other being a 2nd round pick. With Minnesota adding Spellman, Evans, and Russell you have to expect that they will succeed their pace for wins this year. The pick they evidently shipped out will become either a late teens picks or possibly a pick in the early 20s. They essentially dealt an inefficient wing scorer and a useless pick for an All-Star level Guard.

Adding Russell gives Minnesottas star center Karl Anthony-Towns a solidified running mate for years to come. Russell has improved every season he has been in the league, improving his PPG and FG% every year he has been in the NBA. This season Russel is averaging 23.6 PPG on 44% shooting. Adding a solidified All-Star level talent to go with the best big man in the NBA may lead to a potential playoff run in the coming weeks.

We also can’t forget that Minnesota still received Omari Spellman and Jacob Evans. Spellman is an absolute steal. He is a big-bodied stretch 4 who can snag rebounds like crazy, and he is making a shade over 2 million dollars for the next 2 seasons. You don’t see a 22-year-old big man shooting 40% from 3 get traded for nothing. With Minnesota shipping out Shabaz Napier in the Robert Covington trade, they needed a backup PG, and Jacob Evans is just that. Though Evans is shooting an atrocious 37% from the field, he still has the potential to grow into a decent scorer. Evans at just 22 could really grow into one of the leagues better backup PGs with Russels Guidance.

The Golden State Warriors

At first, I hated this deal for Golden State. Not only did they give up their best player in D’angelo Russell, but they also dealt Spellman and Evans, two really solid young pieces who could have contributed for years. But, we need to realize that the Golden State front office if fixating on one idea, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Golden State will likely hold onto Wiggins next season but in 2021 off-season, I expect him to get dealt. The Warriors will have 4 players under contract that off-season, Wiggins, Curry, Thompson, and Draymond. Moving Wiggins Contract gives them just enough cap space to offer Giannis the max.

The most likely scenario is Wiggins gets packaged on draft night with their pick and the Timberwolves pick they acquired. Hell, maybe Wiggins even gets moved this off-season. All I know is the game plan in Golden State is Giannis.

Golden State giving up Spellman and Evans also puts them 3 million dollars above the luxury tax, something they have been trying to do all season. By doing this deal they avoid a 25 million dollar cap penalty.

All in all the Warriors are bolstering for a big move in the next two off-seasons. They clearly want to tank and acquire assets, and they are doing just that. The Warriors are going to be back ladies and gentleman, strap in. This move isn’t as bad as we all originally thought.



Biggest 2020 All-Star Snubs

The All-Star rosters were announced a couple days ago, and as always there is controversy surrounding the players that did or didn’t make the cut. Every year there are some players that don’t make the roster of 24 players. It’s obviously hard to get everyone on the roster, as there are more than enough players that are deserving of spots. In my opinion, some of the guys that didn’t make it are pretty ridiculous. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest All-Star snubs for 2020.

Karl-Anthony Towns – Minnesota Timberwolves

Karl Towns not making the All-Star game was the biggest surprise for me right off the bat. In my opinion he is the second best center in the league (behind Joel Embiid). His averages are close to 27 points and 11 rebounds a game; some very dominant numbers for a player not selected to be an all star. Not to mention his PER rating is 27.3, which is 5th in the NBA. Maybe winning has a factor, Nikola Jokic and Rudy Gobert are both on better teams, but I think Towns is just too good to be left off the All-Star roster.

Bradley Beal – Washington Wizards

This is another situation where Bradley Beal is on a bad team, but he is still killing it this year. I don’t know if somebody has averaged 29.2 points per game and not been an All-Star. It’s not really his fault that he has no help, and Trae Young is an All-Star starter on a very bad team. Beal is in a similar situation but he gets no recognition for his individual talent. Even though Kyle Lowry has been a big piece to the Raptors, he doesn’t deserve an All-Star spot over someone at the level of Bradley Beal.

Paul George – Los Angeles Clippers

The west is loaded with talent, and it’s hard to acknowledge everyone that deserves All-Star honors, and one of the people that deserves it is Paul George. He’s had a down year from last year, but is still above the level he was at when he was named an All-Star for the prior three seasons. George is still one of the best two-way wings in the league. George is averaging 22.7 points, and 6.1 rebounds per game while shooting close to 40% from three. He hasn’t let up defensively either as he’s still great on that side of the ball. Playing with Kawhi forces him to take a bit of a backseat, but he’s great enough to where he deserves All-Star recognition.

Devin Booker – Phoenix Suns

To the NBA world Devin Booker was the most surprising snub. His team is also not performing well as the Suns are 12th seed in the West. His stats of 26.8 points, 6.3 assists per game, as well as 5.2 win shares reflect All-Star level talent. He could have gotten hurt in Coach voting because he has been struggling for years to lead the Suns to any success, but that doesn’t take away from his incredible talent. There’s an exclusive amount of spots in this game, and everyone can’t get the credit they deserve. It’s unfortunate for Booker, and all the others that aren’t in the All-Star game when they’re playing suggests otherwise.

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Are we Finally Seeing Andrew Wiggins’ Rise to Stardom

Andrew Wiggins is starting to show some good signs. The number 1 pick from 2014 by the Cleveland Cavaliers was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves that summer for Kevin Love. In his first five seasons in the league, Wiggins didn’t really play at the level he was expected to. As a highly regarded prospect during his lone colegiate season at Kansas he showed signs that he could become a potential superstar, and Timberwolves fans have not been satisfied due to Wiggins not even being named an all-star yet, and not being very close to it. A lot of people gave up hope in Wiggins, expecting him to never pan out and be average forever. Aside from the majority, the Timberwolves front office maintained a optomistic belief.

The Wolves gave Andrew a five year contract extension worth over $147 million . The NBA world was on the fence with this signing. Wiggins showed he could be a solid player, but he hadn’t really proved he deserved max money. The Timberwolves hoped that they made the right decision, and his start to this season says they have. In his first 11 games, Wigs is putting up 25.9 points, and just over 5 rebounds per game. He’s been shooting more effeciently than ever too, making .473% of his shots from the field.

This is a great sign for the Timberwolves, as Wiggins could potentially break out of his shell this season and make his way closer to the stardom we all expected. Maybe he just needed time. Not everyone gets in to the league and is a star right away. It’s been common recently, (thanks Luka) but some people need a few years to adjust to the NBA, and maybe Wiggins is one of those people. The Wolves are off to a solid 7-4 start this season. With Karl-Anthony Towns already emerged as one of the best centers in the league, could Wiggins jump to stardom and create the dynamic duo we expected to form a couple years ago. He’s definitely in all-star conversations if this level of play keeps up, and maybe we are seeing Andrew Wiggins get closer and closer to his star potential.