T'Wolves trade Jeff Teague to Hawks, set sights on D'Angelo Russell

The Hawks get a veteran backup for Trae Young as teams swap expiring contracts. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

The Minnesota Timberwolves are setting their sights on a potential big-name trade before the deadline. The team traded point guard Jeff Teague and shooting guard Treveon Graham to Atlanta for small forward Allen Crabbe. 

The Hawks are receiving a former All-Star to back up second-year rising star Trae Young at the point. Is also rumored that the Timberwolves made the move in preparation to pursue Golden State Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell.

Will the T’Wolves push for Russell?

Minnesota has been long-rumored to be in pursuit of Russell. The All-Star point guard is friends with Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns which brings up speculations that the two have been talking about a potential team-up.

The trade of Teague and Graham frees up some space in the backcourt which Russell can easily fill in. It will be remembered that the T'wolves have been one of Russell's suitors last offseason before he decided to sign a max deal with the Golden State. 

Towns-Russell duo in Minnesota?

Russell and Towns are close friends. Such chemistry is hard to pass on for a Minnesota team that needs such. The team will receive a shooter and playmaker who has good chemistry with their man at the post.

Would the Warriors trade Russell?

Reports have stated that the Warriors have “yielded no traction.” Golden State has planned to keep Russell as part of their plan moving forward.

Many speculate though that Russell’s stint with the Warriors was meant to be short-termed.  It also sparks the question of how Russell will fit in the Warriors' offensive system once Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson return.

Both Curry and Thompson are still injured and wouldn't return tlil next season. Russell’s presence on the roster crowds the backcourt position especially as both him and Curry play point.

Russell's contract is valid through 2023. Till then, Golden State still has control over where he goes.

Will the Timberwolves push for D'Angelo Russell? Are the Warriors going to agree? Let us know your thoughts.