Is everyone blowing off the latest D’Angelo Russell drama, or a situation where there’s smoke and there’s fire?
Russell doesn’t follow the Timberwolves on Instagram (has he ever been?), and many reacted to Fred VanVleet’s retweeting of his own tweet in 2016. there is
In 2016 VanVleet tweeted: VanVleet retweeted that tweet today. And Russell retweeted VanVleet’s retweet, which is just the retweet plus his three dice showing the snake’s eye.
Like Russell, VanVleet has been the subject of frustration and trade speculation due to his downseason with the Raptors. And like Russell, VanVleet will likely be an unrestricted free agent after the season if he opts out of the final year of his contract with the Raptors.
In Minnesota, where the Timberwolves are down 7-6 and have not gotten consistent effort from Russell, there is speculation that Russell could find a place on the bench to help revitalize his offense and defense. We’ll learn more when the Wolves announce their starting line-up for tonight’s game against the Blazers. Russell is not on the injury report after missing Monday’s game against Denver due to illness.
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And what will be Russell’s role when Karl-Anthony Towns returns from injury?
Trade rumors have loomed over Russell for a long time. Last summer, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported that the Wolves were “shopping” for Russell. More recently, Darren Wolfson of his KSTP in the Twin Cities in mid-December said:
“Miami came up with the idea: ‘Okay Minnesota, you don’t want to extend D’Angelo Russell. Why don’t you send Russell over here? Kyle Lowry’s here,'” Wolff said. Song said.
“Let me make this incredibly clear. Nothing far away,” Wolfson continued. “This is not Wolves buying D’Angelo Russell. I’m not convinced Miami is buying Kyle Lowry.”
Either way, Russell’s move on social media is moving the needles just five weeks before the February 9 NBA trade deadline.
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