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Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly not interested in extending D’Angelo Russell

League insiders say that the Minnesota Timberwolves are not keen on giving D'Angelo Russell a contract extension.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell

D'Angelo Russell

Minnesota Timberwolves point guard D'Angelo Russell is eligible for a contract extension as his current contract will end after this season. However, the organization is reportedly not interested in offering a deal to the former All-Star. League insider Brian Windhorst recently appeared on a podcast episode with Darren Wolfson, where they discussed the Russell situation in Minnesota.

"I have not heard any discussion of him getting an extension," Windhorst said about the Timberwolves star.

Wolfson, who is based in Minnesota, concurred.

"Well, I think (Russell's) representation has reached out to the Wolves, but it doesn't seem like it's being reciprocated," Wolfson chimed in.

Do the Wolves need Russell?

Minnesota has high aspirations this season and in the near future after emptying their cupboard of assets to trade for Rudy Gobert. It stands to reason that the organization would want a point guard who can run the show and help maximize the talents of the new twin tower in the Twin Cities.

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It is unclear if the Wolves view Russell as the leader and playmaker who can take them to the next level. He has been with the organization since the middle of the 2019-20 season. During that stretch, he averaged 18.8 points and 6.6 assists per contest.

The 26-year-old was solid during the preseason, showcasing his ability to create shots and involve teammates on offense.

Russell-Towns connection

Another factor in the Russell equation the Wolves front office has to consider is the friendship between Russell and star Karl-Anthony Towns.

The top two picks of the 2015 NBA Draft have been close since high school and fulfilled their dreams of playing together when Minnesota acquired the guard from the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 6, 2020. Towns even welcomed him at the airport following the trade.

It will be interesting to see if the friends will remain as teammates beyond this season.

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