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The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly preparing to launch a major assault on the signing of D & # 39; Angelo Russell (1
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times : "Minnesota is at the forefront of D & # 39; Angelo Russell's wish list for free agents as the opening bell approaches, League sources say – The Timberwolves are getting more and more confident that they can move the necessary salary cap to land him. "
Stein added that the Los Angeles Lakers are also shooting at Russell and her Describing interest as "indisputable," though he added, " Minnesota has made the All-Star Guard its top priority in free decision-making, as the Brooklyn networks are only hours away from the significant addition of Kyrie Irving . "
While wolves can focus on Russell, the Lakers are still reportedly in the race for Kawhi Leonard. As long as he makes no decision or clarifies that he is not interested in the Lakers, they will be in a kind of holding pattern.
The wolves are in their own waiting loop and need to clear the space for the cap to be able to sign Russell.
But Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports reported on Saturday that "m Ultimate Teams have heard that Minnesota is confident that Andrew will be able to act Wiggins this summer. This could open up the room for Russell's commitment, which is closely tied to Karl-Anthony Towns. "
Getting out of Wiggins' big deal – He owed $ 122.3 million over the next four seasons Dollars – a tremendous achievement for the new wolf president of basketball operations, Gersson Rosas. It would be an absolute coup, however, to withdraw the salary for the stagnant wiggins and to sign Russell this summer, with teams like the Lakers also being interested.
Wiggins has never offered this an impact on the defensive end, has not developed a consistent three-point shot (33.2 percent from depth for his career) and has developed into a truly inefficient scorer, Russell is fresh from his best season as a pro. He scored an average of 21.1 points and 7.0 assists per game, scored 43.4 percent from the field and 36.9 percent from three.
He is one of the most skilled pick-and-roll operators in the game – a role he played frequently on Brooklyn's offensive – and a double victory between Towns and Russell would be a lot of fun, at least on offense , Add on the wings in Robert Covington and Jarrett Culver, and the wolves could pretty much have the four to build around.
Everything will depend on the wolves Wiggins and Russell moving to choose them in the free agency. It is possible that Russell will use the Wolves to extract every last dollar from the Lakers. But it seems like a real possibility for him to land in Minnesota.