Reports: Timberwolves, Lakers interested in Russell
NBA.com Global on Jun 30, 2019 07:01 AM
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 13: D'Angelo Russell #1 of the Brooklyn Nets exits the arena after a game against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game One of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 13, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Timberwolves plan to meet with restricted free agent point guard D'Angelo Russell, bringing in Karl-Anthony Towns as part of the contingent, reports Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes.
Minnesota Timberwolves to meet with Brooklyn Nets restricted free agent guard D’Angelo Russell at the start of free-agency, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 29, 2019
In addition, the Lakers are reportedly interested in a possible reunion with Russell, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com
The Los Angeles Lakers reached out to D'Angelo Russell's agents at CAA -- Austin Brown and Aaron Mintz -- to set up a meeting with the All-Star guard, league sources tell ESPN. The Lakers and Russell share a mutual interest in a reunion. Lakers have the cap space to sign him.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019
The Lakers had dealt Russell, whom they selected second overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, to the Brooklyn Nets back in the summer of 2017.
The 23-year-old Russell has been a hot name this offseason after coming off a breakout season in which he averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists, helping the Nets reach the postseason.
Wojnarowski adds that the Nets will renounce their qualifying offer to Russell, once they get a commitment from free agent Kyrie Irving. The team would also be willing to work to facilitate a sign-and-trade deal to help Russell land on the team of his choice.
Once Kyrie Irving commits to a deal, Nets are expected to renounce All-Star guard D'Angelo Russell and allow him to become an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell ESPN. Russell led Nets to the playoffs this past season. There's tremendous league-wide interest in Russell. https://t.co/cJSryXSUJV— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019
Nets will be willing to work with Russell and his reps on ways to get him to a team of his choice, including sign-and-trade scenarios, league sources tell ESPN. If Russell and Nets found a sign-and-trade deal that works for both, obviously, there's no need to renounce his rights.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019