Kerr: Wiggins a better fit for Warriors than Russell

Kerr: Wiggins a better fit for Warriors than Russell

Golden State of course sent Russell to Minnesota Timberwolves for the National Basketball Association trade deadline, and acquired Andrew Wiggins in return.

- The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly agrees to acquire center Andre Drummond in a trade from the Detroit Pistons.

The 2021 pick is top-three protected. Either way, they have two draft picks to work with as well, in the meantime. The Warriors will also send guard Jacob Evans and forward Omari Spellman to the Timberwolves, per ESPN.

How do the Wolves land D'Angelo Russell?

Karl-Anthony Towns needed a point guard, and he probably needed a friend, too.

Although the Timberwolves still don't have any real chance of competing for a place in the NBA Finals this year, their odds skyrocketed in response to landing Russell.

In the end, the Warriors appear to have missed out on a bigger offer for Russell. The 6-foot-4 Russell is playing the first season of a four-year, $117 million contract and is shooting a career-best 37.4% from 3-point range.

Russell was averaging career-highs in points (23.6) and 3-point percentage (37.4) in 33 games for the 12-40 Warriors this season. One could argue that with how things have gone for the Dubs this season, they could have waited for Curry to come back and given Russell a month or so (based on projections of when Curry will return from surgery) alongside of the two-time league MVP.

It's indisputable that Warriors superstars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are superior players and would be seen as the team's first and second options. After a promising start to this season, Wiggins reverted to his inefficient self.

Wiggins won't be called upon to become that with the Warriors. "Positionally he fits a spot that we don't have anymore, you think about what we've lost over the a year ago - Andre (Iguodala), Shaun Livingston, Kevin Durant". The Warriors seemingly acquired Russell with the intent of trading him, salvaging value from Durant's exit.

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