The availability of D’Angelo Russell
The Minnesota Timberwolves enter the 2022 NBA Draft armed with four draft picks and a reigning point guard D’Angelo Russell who has been made available in commercial negotiations.
According to our good friend Dane Moore of BlueWire podcastwe may be on the verge of reaching a resolution on the Russell front.
I have said in the last month that I have heard that there is more than a 50% chance that D’Angelo Russell will be trading this off-season.
Conversations with some non-Timberwolves sources today suggest a Russell swap is now even more likely – tonight or the first week of July.
– Dane Moore (@DaneMooreNBA) June 23, 2022
This is based on reporting from by KSTP Darren “Doogie” Wolfson, who reported Thursday afternoon that the Timberwolves appear motivated to trade Russell, according to an Eastern Conference executive.
Russell is eligible for the extension and has a one-year contract left, during which he is expected to earn $ 31.4 million. If he is not extended, he will enter unlimited free agency next summer.
Is Nerlens Noel a name to keep an eye out for?
In the same episode of SKOR North Mackey and Judd, Wolfson reported that Minnesota may be in the mix for the New York Knicks C Nerlens Noel, who has fans in the Wolves facility.
Noel is a circle-capable defender and rebounder, who is a circle-capable defender and rebounder, two areas of need on the current Minnesota roster. It has been widely reported that the Knicks are trying to free up space to chase free agent PG Jalen Brunson, most recently of the Dallas Mavericks. Many added that the Knicks could be at stake for Kyrie Irving if he is signed and traded by the Brooklyn Nets. To free up space, New York is looking to move Noel and his $ 18.5 million two-year contract (option for the sophomore team).
Could wolves revive a hunt for a larger name center?
Jake Fischer of Bleacher report reported this week that Timberwolves, Charlotte Hornets, and Toronto Raptors are interested in Indiana Pacers C Myles Turner, who was first linked to Wolves during the 2022 trade deadline.
Which comes after Shams Charania’s Atletico Minnesota’s interest in Atlanta Hawks C Clint Capela reported Monday. His college, Jon Krawczynski, reported that there was little commitment to any deal.
Kevin O’Connor of The player reported Tuesday that the Wolves are interested in Utah Jazz C Rudy Gobert, although that seems far less likely given that Gobert has a supermax contract and having two supermax contracts for middle type players makes little financial sense given how the teams have been structured. late championship.
Is trading from number 19 an option?
Mike Scotto of HoopsHype reported Tuesday that the Wolves, along with the Memphis Grizzlies (pick # 22) and Milwaukee Bucks (# 24), asked about pick # 24. 14, held by the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is noteworthy because the Hornets own the No. 13 and n. 15. It is reported from several outlets that Charlotte is trying to pack one of their first round picks to dump Gordon Hayward’s contract. They are looking for a center and have been a popular mock draft destination for Duke C Mark Williams. Minnesota jumping the Hornets to 14 might be what it takes to select Williams, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
A little less than two hours after the draft, there’s no telling what might happen. But it seems very likely that the Wolves will make a move of some substance, as they have four choices (# 19, 40, 48, and 50), don’t have the space to accommodate those players, and may be looking to cement their future guard point. through a bill of exchange or a trade on leverage.