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Draymond Green declares D’Angelo Russell-Andrew Wiggins trade ‘a great situation for both guys’

Warriors, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins, D'Angelo Russell

Draymond Green gave his two cents on the recent trade that sent D’Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves and yielded Andrew Wiggins as a return piece for the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors veteran praised Wiggins while maintaining the swap is one that will favor both players at the end:

“It’s a great situation for both sides,” said Green. “For where D’Angelo is at in his career and what he needs, I think that’s the perfect situation. And for where Wiggins is at and what he needs, I think this is the perfect situation.”

Green seconded head coach Steve Kerr in his optimism for Wiggins in the Warriors’ system:

“He’s really athletic and he can really get it going. I think he gave us 40 earlier this year,” said Green. “Historically he’s always played well against us. He’s very well-rounded, can take his guy to the post, can shoot the three, can play off the pick-and-roll, he can get out in transition. I think he’s a very well-rounded player.”

Wiggins has had to live up to the expectations of being the No. 1 pick back in 2014, never quite living up to that hype in Minnesota during his six-plus seasons there. Now he has a chance to have that pressure off his shoulders and develop into a complementary piece of a Warriors team that still has a lifeline to contend for an NBA title once Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson return in full force.

Wiggins will get a chance to play 15-20 games with Curry before the 2019-20 season ends, which should give the Warriors’ front office some data as to how to best deploy him next season. Curry is expected back at the beginning of March.

As for Russell, he now teams up with good friend Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota. The Timberwolves coveted Russell for quite some time, and now he and Towns will try to lead them out of the cellar.