RUMOR: Timberwolves talking Andrew Wiggins with Mavs as part of 3-way trade for D’Angelo Russell
The Minnesota Timberwolves are once again dangling Andrew Wiggins, this time in a proposed trade to the Dallas Mavericks as part of a three-team trade that could help them get Golden State Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell, according to Chris Crouse of Heavy.com.
The Wolves have not given up on the steadfast pursuit of Russell, one is likely to continue until the last few hours of the Feb. 6, 3 p.m. deadline. Minnesota was already turned down for previous Wiggins-for-Russell iterations, as there’s still a significant gap in value.
Wiggins was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft and is making over $27.5 million this season, still bound for a $94.74 over the ensuing three seasons. A season ago, trading him would be out of the question considering his struggles for the past two seasons, yet word is that his gigantic contract isn’t necessarily scaring teams off.
The 6-foot-7 guard is averaging 22.4 points per game this season, now that he’s centered his emphasis in better shot selection. He’s taking a career-high 6.5 attempts from deep, becoming much more than an ineffective long-twos shooter.
He’s also posting career-highs in rebounds (5.2), assists (3.7), and blocks (0.9) per game.
This maniacal pursuit of Russell is the result of two things: president Gersson Rosas’ aggressive style of negotiations and the front office trying to show Towns they’re doing everything possible to make him stay in The Twin Cities for the long run.