Warriors’ D’Angelo Russell reacts to Timberwolves trade rumors
Golden State Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell has been keenly aware of every trade rumor and musing involving him. There is the relentless interest from the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team that tried to woo him in the offseason with a helicopter ride and the vision of playing next to close friend Karl-Anthony Towns. Then there is the New York Knicks, who have looked into acquiring him but don’t have the pieces to impress the Warriors, who have grown determined to keep him through the Feb. 6 deadline, according to several reports.
If there’s been a rumor, Russell has heard it by now.
“Hell yeah, I have,” Russell told Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “I’ve been through all that shit. I was in everything, bro.”
Russell has been traded twice in his five-year career, the first time in an offseason deal to the Brooklyn Nets before the 2017 NBA Draft — a move the Los Angeles Lakers made in a desperate approach to unload Timofey Mozgov and make way for fellow No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball.
The next came this past summer, when he was signed, then dealt to the Warriors in a sign-and-trade for Kevin Durant.
Yet none of the hoopla has deterred the young guard, who is having a career year in Golden State.
“When I got drafted, I was in a rumor,” said Russell. “I’ve been through it all. Not gonna lie to you. Any rumor you can think of, I’ve been a part of it. I’ve seen it (the last couple of days). I can’t get away from it. You go on social, you see it. You go on TV, you hear it. You talk to the media, they ask you about it. Ain’t no getting away from it. But it is what it is.”
The Warriors could still potentially cash in if another team makes a godfather offer right before the clock expires, though the possibility of that taking place is rather unlikely, considering the market.