When the Golden State Warriors acquired D'Angelo Russell this past offseason, many wondered how it would work out and how he would fit alongside Stephen Curry in the team's backcourt. Fast forward just a few weeks into the 2019-20 NBA season and Curry is out three months with a broken hand, something that has already started rumblings of a Russell trade as the Warriors shift their focus to the future.
Since Russell was signed this past offseason, he can't officially be dealt until Dec. 15, but it's being reported that a number of teams have already begun making calls in preparation. With that in mind, here are three NBA teams that could trade for Russell.
1. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves' interest in Russell is no secret and neither is his close relationship with the team's star player, Karl-Anthony Towns. The Timberwolves would have surely preferred to have signed Russell during the offseason, but acquiring a young star point guard could be something that turns this team around. Andrew Wiggins clearly hasn't morphed into the franchise player Minnesota had hoped for and they've made it clear that Jeff Teague isn't a long-term option at point guard. Bringing in Russell would provide the Timberwolves with a one-two punch they could build around for years to come.
2. Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons don't have a true franchise point guard. The Reggie Jackson experiment flopped pretty much from the start and pairing Blake Griffin with Andre Drummond hasn't exactly produced consistent wins for the organization. With Drummond heading into free agency next summer and Griffin out with a hamstring injury to start the year, Detroit might look to enter a full reset at some point this season. The Pistons could target Russell as a foundational piece to build around moving forward.
3. New York Knicks
The New York Knicks are one of a few NBA teams in desperate need of a starting point guard. Currently rotating between Frank Ntilikina, Elfrid Payton and Dennis Smith Jr., New York would be a perfect landing spot for Russell. By all accounts, he wasn't ready to leave Brooklyn in the first place and the Knicks would be somewhat of a homecoming in that sense for Russell. He'd give the Knicks the franchise point guard they've so desperately been searching for over the greater part of two decades. A package built around Kevin Knox, Ntilikina and a first round pick could be a good starting point in any potential deal.
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