In the biggest blockbuster move of the NBA's trade-deadline day, the Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly acquired All-Star point guard D'Angelo Russell from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for a package that includes Andrew Wiggins and a lightly protected future first-round pick.
This season, Wiggins has been averaging 22.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
The first choice that year was Towns, a friend of Russell around whom the front office has been trying to rebuild the roster.
The Golden State Warriors were the last team in the National Basketball Association to play a home game following the death of Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others on January 26 in a helicopter crash into a hillside in Calabasas.
The deal is the second of the week for the Timberwolves, who on Tuesday sent Robert Covington to the Houston Rockets as part of a four-team deal, while acquiring Malik Beasly, Juan Hernangomez and Jarred Vanderbilt from Denver, Evan Turner from Atlanta, and the Brooklyn Nets' 20202 first-round pick (via Atlanta).
But Saturday, the Warriors were able to put a cohesive - though not all that talented - group on the court with Wiggins instead of Russell, and that had clear, positive repercussions.
We saw how not having those mid-tier contracts can impact teams this trade deadline with the Boston Celtics.
On separate radio interview on KNBR, Kerr had an interesting comment regarding why Wiggins might be successful with the Warriors after falling short of expectations in Minnesota. I'm not expecting him to take down the Lakers all by himself.
Wiggins, a small forward, didn't always show the consistent fire Minnesota wanted to see - but Kerr is confident Wiggins can have success within Golden State's system.
Golden State got within 116-111 with 3:13 to go on a dunk by Eric Paschall, before Davis dropped in three straight free throws to help keep Golden State at bay. "A lot of owners have kind of mandates, 'You're not going in the tax; we're not going to be repeater [tax teams].' Joe [Lacob] is so competitive, he just doesn't think that way".
In Golden State, the Warriors were always going to be dumping Russell.
Yet the Warriors are clearly taking a single year to recover from their injury woes before making another run at the Western Conference with Curry, Thompson, and Green next season. We just stuck to a couple of basic actions, and I just told him, 'No matter what happens, we need you to sprint the floor both ways.' And when we are whole again, we got a couple of guys who really throw the ball ahead in transition in Draymond and Steph.