The Minnesota Timberwolves feverishly are working to acquire D'Angelo Russell from the Warriors.
But there's one problem.
"There still remains a gulf to overcome" in the negotiations, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted Tuesday morning.
On Monday morning, Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reported: "Golden State would only consider a deal that has significant draft pick compensation as part of any Minnesota package."
On Monday night, Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer reported that the Warriors declined an offer which included 2020 first-round picks from both Minnesota and Brooklyn.
Considering the fact the Dubs hold most of the leverage here, it sounds like the T-Wolves will need to concede some in order for a trade to be completed.
As O'Connor writes:
There’s a deal to be made for Russell if the Wolves can come up with enough assets and don’t protect their own first-round pick.
The T-Wolves have lost twelve games in a row and boast the fifth-worst record in the NBA. So it's very safe to assume the Warriors are demanding that the 2020 first rounder be completely unprotected.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the Dubs had to send the Memphis Grizzlies their 2024 first-round pick (top-four protected) in the Andre Iguodala trade back in July. So perhaps Golden State's front office is looking to replenish the cupboard by asking for Minnesota's 2024 first-rounder in any Russell transaction.
Buckle up because the trade deadline (noon PT on Thursday) will be here before you know it.
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