D'Angelo Russell is no stranger to hearing his name in trade
The 26-year-old has been dealt three times throughout the course
of his seven-year NBA career, and he's aware that he continues to
pop up in the rumor mill.
“Yeah, it’s my life,” Russell recently told Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports.
“That’s it. Just be conscious of it.”
It certainly seems like the Minnesota Timberwolves will weigh
their options as the Feb. 9 trade deadline approaches, especially
since Russell is set to hit unrestricted free agency this
One team that has reportedly expressed interest in Russell is
the Miami Heat, according to Fischer and Darren Wolfson of KTSP.
Wolfson says that the Heat would be open to dealing Kyle Lowry
for Russell straight-up, but that he can't see Minnesota agreeing
to that. Fischer agrees that a Lowry-for-Russell swap seems
Fischer adds that rival executives are
monitoring the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers as possible
landing spots for Russell since they both seem interested in
improving their backcourt. This isn't the first time that the Suns
have been mentioned as a suitor for Russell, who is close friends
with Devin Booker.
However, despite these recent rumors, Wolfson believes that
Russell will likely remain with the Wolves through the trade
"I see Russell here the day after the trade deadline, February
10. Not sure I see him [re-signing] here next year," Wolfson said
on his podcast The Scoop. "It just doesn’t
seem like there’s much trade scuttlebutt going on right now in
terms of actual league interest in Russell."
Russell's $31,377,750 salary certainly makes it tougher for
Minnesota to find a trade partner.
"In general, there is little market around the league for point
guards making that range of salary," Fischer notes.
The Wolves are in the midst of an up-and-down season, as they
are currently 22-22, which is the seventh-best record in the
Minnesota has the NBA's 12th-best defense (allowing 110.7 points
per 100 possessions) and 17th-best offense (scoring 110.7 points
per 100 possessions).
This season, Russell is averaging 17.0 points, 6.2 assists, 3.1
rebounds, 2.3 threes and 1.1 steals while shooting 45.9% from the
field, 36.2% from three and 85.3% from the free-throw line.