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Report: Timberwolves ‘intensifying’ pursuit of Warriors’ D’Angelo Russell

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are intensifying their pursuit of Golden State Warriors point guard D’Angelo Russell after trading Jeff Teague to the Atlanta Hawks, according to The Athletic.

However, the Warriors, so far at least, have been inclined to keep Russell:

New team president Gersson Rosas and the rest of his front office have been actively pursuing deals on a number of fronts to try to remake the roster to better fit their vision for the team moving forward, league sources told The Athletic. That includes intensifying their pursuit of Golden State Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell. Discussions have yielded no traction to this point, league sources said. So far, Golden State has been inclined to keep Russell.

Russell had an agreement with the Warriors before getting on a helicopter with the Timberwolves contingent this past offseason. That made for “an awkward goodbye on the tarmac,” per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

However, the Timberwolves are in need of another dynamic scorer next to Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. It just so happens that Towns and Russell are close friends off the court.

Russell is averaging 23.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 24 games with the Warriors this season. The lefty is shooting 43.2 percent from the field, 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.0 percent from the free-throw line.

The Timberwolves are 15-25 on the season. They are in 12th place in the Western Conference standings and 3.5 games back of the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth and final playoff spot out West.