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Draymond Green thinks D’Angelo Russell has a great opportunity in Minnesota

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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green praised both teams for Thursday’s pre-deadline trade that sent point guard D’Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans, and Omari Spellman to the Minnesota Timberwolves, in exchange for forward Andrew Wiggins a protected 2021 first round pick and a 2012 second round pick.

Speaking to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on The Jump before the Warriors hosted the Los Angeles Lakers, Green shared his thoughts on the situation.

“I think it was a great move for both sides,” Green said. “I think D’Angelo get[s] a chance to go to Minnesota and be their franchise point guard, which I think he deserves. And [Andrew] Wiggins coming here at the 3—he’s athletic, he can run the floor, he can score the basketball, and I think that’s going to help us create what we want to recreate.”

Russell is averaging a career-high 23.6 points per game this season, and the Wolves hope he can mesh with his good buddy Karl-Anthony Towns. Wiggins is putting up 23.3 points per 36 minutes, but his play has reverted back to it’s inefficient ways after a hot start to the season.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr admitted that the fit with Russell was “questionable” from the outset, and Golden State hopes that Wiggins—who can play both forward positions—will make a better positional fit alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Green.

The Warriors (12-40) currently sit at the bottom of the Western Conference, but may see Curry return to the floor in early March.