Warriors Trade D'Angelo Russell To Timberwolves: Report

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D'Angelo Russell is leaving Golden State, but he won't be moving back to New York City.

The Warriors traded the All-Star guard to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday in exchange for shooting guard Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 protected first-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported. 

The Knicks had also reportedly expressed serious interest in trading for Russell, who played for the Brooklyn Nets from 2017-19.

The deal between Minnesota and Golden State came just hours before the NBA's 3 p.m. trade deadline.

Golden State Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell handles the ball against the Orlando Magic on Jan. 18, 2020, in San Francisco.
Photo credit Darren Yamashita/USA TODAY Sports

The second overall pick in the 2015 draft, Russell spent the first two years of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers before being traded to the Nets prior to the 2017-18 campaign. In two seasons in Brooklyn, he developed into an All-Star but became expendable when the team signed Kyrie Irving last summer.

Russell then went to Golden State in a sign-and-trade deal. He is in the first season of a four-year, $117.3 million contract.

The 6-foot-4 Russell, who can play both point guard and shooting guard, is averaging a career-high 23.6 points this season.

Names the Knicks had reportedly floated in talks with Golden State for Russell included former lottery picks Kevin Knox and Frank Ntilikina as well as power forward Bobby Portis.

The Knicks fired team president Steve Mills on Tuesday, but were reportedly still pursuing Russell afterward, with general manager Scott Perry running the team's basketball operations. The Knicks are on the verge of hiring player agent Leon Rose to be their new president, according to multiple reports Thursday.