From the minute the Golden State Warriors acquired D'Angelo Russell from the Nets in a sign and trade for Kevin Durant this past July, there has been heavy trade speculation surrounding the All-Star guard.
As the NBA Trade Deadline approaches on Thursday, Feb. 6, that speculation has only intensified, with a number of teams being linked to the Warriors guard.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the three most likely destinations for Russell.
1. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly very motivated to acquire Russell to pair with Karl-Anthony Towns. The two players share a friendship off the court and have openly discussed their desire to play together on the court one day. Following their recent trade of Jeff Teague, Minnesota is in need of a franchise point guard and given Russell's age, pairing him with Towns fits on a number of levels. It will be interesting to see how much Minnesota can or will give up in a package for Russell, especially since Golden State has already reportedly turned down a trade offer center around Andrew Wiggins.
2. New York Knicks
The New York Knicks need a young, established star and they need one bad. President and General Manager Steve Mills and Scott Perry are on the hottest of hot seats this season and if they're unable to make a splash between now and the end of the year, you can expect them both to be hitting the unemployment line. There have been rumblings that Russell has a desire to play for the Knicks, or at very least is open to the idea of it. Russell could come in and be the definitive best player and leader of this Knicks' team. Supported by young players like RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson and Kevin Knox, if New York can develop that young talent around Russell into stars, or close to it, it could be a worthwhile move for the Knicks. The Knicks have attractive trade pieces in a number of veterans on expiring contracts that could help contending teams down the stretch without the long term commitment, on top of six first-round picks over the next four years.
3. Indiana Pacers
While there hasn't been too much buzz connecting the Indiana Pacers and Russell, they are one of the few NBA teams without a solidified franchise point guard. Aaron Holiday hasn't proven that yet, and TJ McConnell has shown he can be a great backup, but not much more. With Russell, the Pacers would build a formative back court alongside Victor Oladipo. Additionally, the Pacers have reportedly been open to trading center Myles Turner, which turns out to be a position of need for Golden State. If they can build a strong enough offer around Turner, the Warriors might seriously consider it.
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