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.
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.