Before D’Angelo Russell was traded at the deadline, the New York Knicks made an underwhelming offer to the Golden State Warriors.
The writing was on the wall early for D’Angelo Russell. It was easy to assume that the Golden State Warriors only acquired the young All-Star to cut their losses when Kevin Durant announced his decision.
Russell is an enticing rising star but didn’t aid the Warriors much in their pursuit of another championship. There was seemingly no way to manage minutes between Russell, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. It was only a matter of time before D-Lo was flipped for a more suitable asset.
The day finally came when the Warriors pulled the trigger on a deal to send D-Lo to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Andrew Wiggins and a future first round pick. Apparently, Minnesota wasn’t the first franchise to make an offer.
According to Ian Bagley, the New York Knicks attempted to steal Russell before the deadline as well. Full details of the trade aren’t available but players such as Bobby Portis, Alonzo Trier and Frank Ntilikina were included in the deal.
This is an underwhelming package for a player of Russell’s status. Before being traded, D-Lo was in the midst of 17 game stretch in which he was averaging 25.6 points and 6.3 assists per game.
Russell wasn’t a good fit for the franchise moving forward but he is certainly more valuable than a collection of underwhelming prospects. Neither Portis, Trier or Ntilikina have shown much promise across their careers thus far.
The Warriors made the correct decision to avoid a deal with the Knicks and instead found a potentially solid third option offensively in Wiggins. One thing is for sure, Wiggins has a greater chance of succeeding in Golden State than any of the Knicks players did.