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NBA rumors: Timberwolves 'dangled' Andrew Wiggins trade to Warriors

NBA rumors: Timberwolves 'dangled' Andrew Wiggins trade to Warriors

The entire basketball world knows that the Minnesota Timberwolves want to acquire D'Angelo Russell.

They came up short last summer in free agency, as the 2019 All-Star ultimately joined the Warriors on a four-year contract worth just north of $117 million.

But the T-Wolves' pursuit hasn't stopped, and Anthony Slater of The Athletic has some new information:

Minnesota has dangled Andrew Wiggins, who is on a similar contract as Russell and fills a greater positional need. But from a Warriors’ perspective, that’s still a questionable talent-for-talent swap.

Most around the league view Russell as better than Wiggins. It’s a move only a panicked front office would make.

Wiggins -- the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft who will turn 25 years old next month -- is averaging 22.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists this season, while shooting just under 45 percent overall and 33.3 percent from 3-point range.

He has three years and about $95 million left on his contract after this season.

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Ultimately, it would be quite surprising if the Warriors strike a deal with Minnesota before the Feb. 6 trade deadline. Various reports over the last month have suggested Golden State will wait until the offseason to make a decision on Russell's future.

Then again, anything can happen in today's NBA.

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Warriors' Rick Welts shares funny story of being mistaken for Joe Lacob

Warriors' Rick Welts shares funny story of being mistaken for Joe Lacob

Warriors team president Rick Welts went to Croatia for vacation in the summer of 2018.

Wearing a Warriors hat in a restaurant resulted in a waiter saying, "Curry, yeah!" Welts recently explained to Daniel Brown of The Athletic.

Soon thereafter, other employees began to believe they were in the presence of Warriors owner Joe Lacob.

“He just started screaming to his co-workers there, ‘Joe Lacob! Joe Lacob! Joe Jacob!' " Welts told Brown. “I was waving, ‘No, no, no!’ but I gave up.

"So, I impersonated Joe Lacob — and got really good service from this really tiny restaurant in Croatia.”

Now that is a savvy play from a seasoned veteran.

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Welts has helped turn the Warriors into a global brand, which is why the franchise elected not to change its name to the San Francisco Warriors when they relocated from Oakland to Chase Center.

"What's happened in the interim is the Warriors, with the success we've had on the floor, have now become the team that everyone knows around the world," Welts told Warriors radio voice Tim Roye in April 2017. "More Steph Curry jerseys are sold around the world than any other player in the NBA. More Warriors merchandise than any other team in the NBA.

"So now, I think we've done a 100 percent reversal, saying, 'You know, we have a lot of equity in this Golden State name and it really means something around the world.' "

And that includes Croatia.

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Patrick Beverley using Steph Curry-Kevin Durant Warriors as motivation

Patrick Beverley using Steph Curry-Kevin Durant Warriors as motivation

The Clippers are one of the favorites to win the championship when the 2019-20 NBA season resumes later this month.

Their quest begins July 30 when they face off against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first of eight "seeding games" on the schedule before the playoffs begin.

How is Clippers guard Patrick Beverley approaching the "bubble" in Orlando? Is he focused on any specific opponent?

"I'm treating everybody the same. Every team I play, I'm playing it like we are playing Golden State when they had Kevin Durant," he recently told Dragonfly Jonez of Whistle. "Every point guard I play, I'm playing Steph Curry."

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So Beverley -- a two-time All-Defensive selection -- is adopting the mindset that every team the Clippers face arguably is the greatest of all time, and that his one-on-one matchup is against the player many consider the second best point guard ever.

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It's smart to think this way because the circumstances when it comes to actually playing games will be unprecedented. Taking the court in small gyms without any fans is going to be downright strange, and some motivation will need to be manufactured.

While plenty of Warriors fans view Beverley as an antagonist who they love to root against, they should remember the respect he bestowed upon Steph, KD and the Dubs with this comment.

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