D’Angelo Russell, Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns met on Saturday
Talks of free agent All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell potentially joining the Minnesota Timberwolves are starting to heat up according to reports. The Wolves are still trying to make some trades that will allow them to free enough cap space to sign the former Brooklyn Nets star, but it seems that D’Lo and Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns have already met before the start of free agency.
D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns were huddling as recently as yesterday, league sources, while the Wolves have been canvassing the league to make the trades they need to make that can seal the former Nets All-Star as the new point guard in Minnesota
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 2019
At this point, the Wolves are still not able to find a trade partner who will be willing to take some of the players they’re willing to let go. One of them is Jeff Teague, whom they reportedly offered to the Nets for D’Angelo Russell. Brooklyn refused the trade because it is reportedly not interested in the veteran point guard.
Karl-Anthony Towns is trying to rescue the Wolves from their horrible roster construction under the previous regime led by Tom Thibodeau.
If the Wolves are really serious about signing Russell, and they want Karl-Anthony Towns to get the kind of help he truly needs, they will have to act quickly. According to additional reports, the Golden State Warriors could be in play to acquire him in a sign-and-trade involving Kevin Durant.
KD has already committed to signing a four-year deal with the Nets, but he will have no problem doing a favor for the Warriors so that his former team won’t be empty-handed after his departure.
If a sign-and-trade between the Dubs and the Nets won’t push through, the latter will renounce Russell’s rights, making him eligible to sign somewhere else as an unrestricted free agent. He is reportedly interested in returning to the Los Angeles Lakers, but at the moment, the Purple and Gold are still waiting for the decision of Kawhi Leonard.
The Timberwolves and Karl-Anthony Towns are running out of time. If they can’t pull this off, they will need to settle for the mid-to-low-tier free agents, since most of the better ones have already committed to other teams.