His career averages of 19.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists leave something to be desired from a former #1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft who was once heralded as "Maple Jordan" as a native of Toronto. Despite being at the center of many trade rumors, Los Angeles ultimately chose to stand pat and didn't make any moves before Thursday's trade deadline. They both came in with lots of pedigree and hype, and have yet to prove themselves as anything more than volume scorers are decent-to-bad teams. Then there's the fact that the majority of their teammates are new, with Towns and Josh Okogie the only players Rosas inherited last spring who are still with the Wolves.
Russell, which Golden State acquired through signing and redeeming with Brooklyn the offseason, averages 23.6 points, its best mark along with 6.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds.
Despite teaming up with another top overall pick, Karl Anthony-Towns, Wiggins has never brought Minnesota back to the heyday of Kevin Garnett's days. After his arrival, Russell went inside the terminal to greet the crowd of Timberwolves fans who had assembled there for the occasion. He'll now suit up for Golden State following Thursday's trade with Minnesota for D'Angelo Russell.
While Golden State has enjoyed recent success at home against L.A., this season's Warriors and Lakers teams are far different from the ones that have met in recent years. It's the hardest position to guard these days in the National Basketball Association. Wiggins expressed excitement to be part of a winning culture after nearly six seasons in Minnesota.
This becomes the second major deal that the Warriors have made in the past 24 hours. He wasn't a disruptive personality, just not a beneficial component to a winning defense or a correct fit positionally, considering the two soon-to-return star guards are franchise pillars.