On Tuesday night, we learned that the Warriors reportedly are "moving on at this juncture" from a potential D'Angelo Russell trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
But things can change between now and Thursday noon PT NBA trade deadline.
So, what needs to happen in order for a deal to be consummated?
Well, as Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer is reporting:
The Warriors want future firsts instead of picks in 2020 -- most importantly, they want an unprotected first-round pick in 2021, which will have a much stronger draft class than the one coming this June.
As of now, the Timberwolves aren’t budging on Golden State’s demands.
Considering the fact Golden State most likely already is going to have a top-five pick in the upcoming NBA draft, it makes sense to look ahead to 2021 and beyond.
If you're the T-Wolves, aren't you confident you will have a great season in 2020-21 with Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns together, and that pick going to the Warriors won't even be in the lottery? It's understandable to want some protection, but as we have said many times in this space:
It’s pretty simple — if the T-Wolves want to acquire D’Angelo Russell before the trade deadline, they are gonna have to give up a lot. The Warriors have the leverage https://t.co/qnkmVaVazj— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) February 5, 2020
Lastly, if you are wondering if there's any way for the two sides to come to terms on a deal that doesn't include T'Wolves forward Andrew Wiggins, O'Connor has the answer:
Multiple league sources say Wiggins is involved in every iteration of a deal being discussed between the two teams.
Well OK then.
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