According to NBA Insider Marc Stein, the Minnesota Timberwolves are anticipated to trade point guard D’Angelo Russell this summer because of his poor performance in the Timberwolves’ first-round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies.
With his team defeated in six games by the Grizzlies, Russell was benched late in Game 6 to end his night early for his teammates. Interestingly enough, Jordan McLaughlin, a third-year guard who went undrafted, was brought in to replace him by Timberwolves coach Chris Finch.
When asked whether he was okay with being benched, the former Golden State Warriors player said, “No. I’m not. This isn’t the case at all.”
Russell to be traded by the Timberwolves?
Even though Karl-Anthony Towns has a great connection with Russell, a lot of rival clubs anticipate Minnesota to want to trade the guard, as per Marc Stein.
However, Russell’s contract expires at the end of the season, and he will be eligible for an extension. The 26-year-old no longer qualifies as an All-Star and will not be compensated at a level comparable to his prior earnings.