Andrew Wiggins happy to be part of winning culture on Warriors

The deal also sent two little-used Golden State players, guard Jacob Evans and forward Omari Spellman, to the Timberwolves and routed two draft picks to the Warriors.

Russell was averaging career-highs in points (23.6) and 3-point percentage (37.4) in 33 games for the 12-40 Warriors this season. He finally gets to play with Karl-Anthony Towns, who is one of his best friends off the court. And although Wiggins has been something of a forgotten talent in Minnesota, he's averaging 22.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game this season.

Wiggins and the lightly-protected 2021 first-round pick could help Golden State make its next major move, but only if he begins to live up to his contract.

Could Warriors have done better than Wiggins?

Finally, the National Basketball Association has it's major trade. Being part of a new franchise that has the winning culture and high-end players like he described will give Wiggins the opportunity to change the narrative surrounding his career.

So why didn't Wiggins pan out in Minnesota? The 6ft 7in Wiggins is in the second season of a five-year, $147m deal.

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With Wiggins now on the roster, the Warriors can play the former Kansas star as a small forward and allow Curry, Thompson, and Draymond Green to remain in their positions.

In the end, the Warriors appear to have missed out on a bigger offer for Russell.

As fearless as the Warriors were, they simply didn't have an answer for the strength, size and athleticism of the Lakers big man, as he did what superstars do and shut the door on an unlikely upset.

So far this season, the Golden State Warriors have looked like one of the worst teams in the Western Conference. And he is happy to be with the winners, even thought the Warriors are struggling this season due to the loss of Kevin Durant and injuries of both Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

This becomes the second major deal that the Warriors have made in the past 24 hours. "A lot of owners have kind of mandates, 'You're not going in the tax; we're not going to be repeater [tax teams].' Joe [Lacob] is so competitive, he just doesn't think that way". "We just got somewhat fortunate that he went to Brooklyn and we were able to get a sign-and-trade for a guy that is a good player".

  • Lawrence Cooper