Minnesota's 2021 pick is protected for a top-three selection, but becomes unprotected in 2022.
For Minnesota, those potential draft assets could be useful in talks with Golden State on a Russell trade or elsewhere in deals at the trade deadline or in the offseason. Also in the deal: Dion Waiters and James Johnson leaving Miami for Memphis, with Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill leaving the Grizzlies for the Heat. The rebuild around Towns also has been massive and the only two players left on the roster from the day Rosas was hired are Towns and Josh Okogie. Guys who he'll really enjoy playing with.
Although it's not yet confirmed if D'Angelo Russell will make his debut for Minnesota on Saturday, the hope is that he can add a spark to this team and get back into the win column.
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Russell had been building upon a fantastic season past year by averaging 23.6 points per game and nearly seven assists, but now he'll have to deal with a fresh start up in Minnesota. The Kentucky native averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and five assists with the Buckeyes. He didn't suit up for the club, however, as he was part of a trade that sent Kevin Love to the Cavaliers in August 2014.
Spellman, 22, is averaging 7.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 49 games this season in Golden State. He's been a defensive liability, too, for a team that has persistently ranked among the easiest to score against in the league.
The Warriors have had quite a fall from grace in less than one year, going from being one of the best teams in the National Basketball Association, to the worst. "That was one of those reasons the trade rumors started before the season even began, and I think D'Angelo understood that before he signed the contract".
Now, he's finally with Towns and he says it's a dream come true. Everything the Wolves have done since trading Butler and firing Thibodeau has revolved around keeping Towns happy, including hiring the 33-year-old Saunders as coach, despite his inexperience. It's early, and you never know how these things turn out.