3 Most Likely Mid-Season Trade Destinations for D'Angelo Russell

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The Golden State Warriors made waves this offseason after acquiring point guard D'Angelo Russell from the Brooklyn Nets via a sign-and-trade deal. The 23-year-old point guard is coming off a career year in which he averaged 21.1 points per game (PPG) and 7.0 assists per game (APG) while nailing 36.9 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Offensively, Russell could flourish while playing in the same backcourt as Stephen Curry next season, but he's widely viewed as a temporary fix until Klay Thompson comes back from a torn ACL. With that in mind, there's a chance that Russell could get moved in favor of a more natural fit toward the trade deadline.

If Golden State decides to move on, here are three potential trade destinations for Russell.

3. Washington Wizards

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The Washington Wizards don't have much talent outside of Bradley Beal. If Washington decides to rebuild, moving Beal to the Golden State Warriors could make a lot of sense. Beal projects as a seamless fit in Golden State, and Washington could get Russell and a package of young assets and picks as a return.

2. Orlando Magic

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The Orlando Magic could definitely use some fresh blood at the point, and with a young core in Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac and Mo Bamba firmly in place, Russell could be a great addition to an Orlando team on the rise. In addition to his excellent court vision, Russell would give the Magic a dangerous scoring threat in their backcourt, something they'll definitely need if they want to advance past the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

1. Minnesota Timberwolves

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The Minnesota Timberwolves could really use a proven scorer in their backcourt, and striking a midseason deal for Russell could be just what doctor ordered. The 23-year-old point guard could be excellent running the pick and roll with Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns has already made an effort to recruit the Ohio State product on his Instagram, and Russell's shooting ability could help unlock Minnesota's offense.

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