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NBA rumors: Warriors 'moving on' from D'Angelo Russell talks with Timberwolves

NBA rumors: Warriors 'moving on' from D'Angelo Russell talks with Timberwolves

You can pump the brakes on those Warriors-Minnesota Timberwolves trade rumors.

It's no secret that the T-Wolves desperately want to acquire D'Angelo Russell from Golden State. They have been in hot pursuit of the guard ever since he came to the Warriors in a sign-and-trade for Kevin Durant's departure last summer.

With Thursday's noon trade deadline fast approaching, the rumors have been ramping up, as The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported Monday night that Golden State recently turned down Minnesota's offer of two first-round draft picks in exchange for Russell, and Andrew Wiggins-Russell rumors swirling all day Tuesday.

While the Timberwolves were said to still be in pursuit of additional assets to help convince Golden State to part with Russell, it appears they've been unsuccessful in that endeavor. The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Tuesday evening that the Warriors have moved on from those discussions with Minnesota, citing sources.

The Warriors hold all the leverage in any Russell trade with Minnesota, and clearly, they're using it. Russell is in the midst of a career year, and turns 24 years old later this month. Golden State is in no rush to trade him and would be willing to wait until the offseason (or later) to move him, so it's no surprise that they're asking for a large haul from the Timberwolves if they want to acquire him right now.

If the Warriors wait, there's a good chance they would have more suitors to pit against one another, which could drive up the price through a bidding war.

Hours after Charania reported that Golden State has moved on from those discussions with Minnesota, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Timberwolves were involved in a massive four-team, 12-player trade in which they acquired the Brooklyn Nets' 2020 first-round draft pick from the Atlanta Hawks. 

That Brooklyn pick was one of the two first-rounders the Warriors turned down, according to O'Connor, with the other being Minnesota's own. However, Charania and The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski reported late Tuesday night that no such offer was ever made.

"But those talks have stalled," Charania and Krawczynski wrote, "with the Wolves so far unwilling to meet the Warriors’ demand to include their own unprotected 2020 first-round pick in the deal, sources said."

"Unprotected" is the key word there. It's possible Minnesota has offered up its own 2020 first-rounder along with the Nets' pick to the Warriors in exchange for Russell, but with certain lottery protections that Golden State finds unsatisfactory. It's difficult imagining the Warriors accepting such a trade, since they're bound to get a better offer elsewhere.

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So, it sounds like the odds are increasing that Russell will remain with Golden State beyond the trade deadline. Of course, if the Timberwolves get desperate enough and offer their unprotected pick along with Brooklyn's, that could potentially give the Warriors not one, not two, but three lottery picks (including their own) in the upcoming draft.

That might be enough to get the deal done.

Programming Note: The "2020 NBA Trade Deadline Show" is coming your way this Thursday at 11:30am on the MyTeams app and on NBCSportsBayArea.com! Our NBA Insiders will analyze all of the news and rumors that could impact the Warriors heading into the Noon deadline. Don’t miss it!

Warriors' Rick Welts only has one box score framed in his office

Warriors' Rick Welts only has one box score framed in his office

Rick Welts has seen a lot of basketball over the years. But one single performance stands out above the rest.

The Warriors' team president and chief operating officer was asked Wednesday morning on 95.7 The Game: "Quarantine game -- if you're stuck indoors for a full year, one TV, one game playing on a loop, 24/7, 365 -- what game is Rick Welts taking?"

The Hall of Famer provided a definitive answer:

"Let's see. Michael Jordan. Magic Johnson. Larry Bird. Actually not even a close call for me. I only have one box score framed in my office -- if I ever get to see my office again -- and that's Klay's 37-point quarter. Without a doubt -- the most amazing thing I've ever seen on a basketball court.

"I could never get tired of watching it. He was out of his mind. I'm not sure we'll ever see anything like that again. And the crowd was a big part of it because he reacted every time the crowd reacted. Our bench was insane.

"Everybody in the building knew they were seeing history being made."

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In the third quarter of the Warriors' win over the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 23, 2015, Klay Thompson went 13-for-13 overall, 9-for-9 from deep and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

Very good choice, Mr. Welts.

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What sporing event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

What sporing event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

Warriors rookie Jordan Poole has many interests outside of basketball.

If you follow him on Instagram, you know that he loves cats.

The 20-year-old enjoys watching movies and TV shows, and generally considers himself a homebody.

Poole also likes other sports, and when Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group asked him which canceled or postponed sporting events he is going to miss, the Michigan product provided an answer that might surprise you.

"I love watching the college World Series, I definitely like watching softball as well," he said. "March Madness was going to be cool of course, but that’s basketball. The college World Series is something sports-related that I was really looking forward to."

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How did Poole get into college baseball?

"I would watch the games when we were in school (at Michigan), go support my guys on the team, but I was really locked into the World Series," he answered. "Those games get pretty rowdy."

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Last year, Michigan reached the College World Series for the first time since 1984.

The Wolverines advanced all the way to the championship best-of-three series -- winning Game 1 before dropping the next two to Vanderbilt.

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