patman66 wrote: Commodor wrote:
Wiggins was traded for Russel who was set to be overpaid at 30 mill a year as he was coming of one year where he played at that level. The wolves also had to give what is likely a top 5 pick in a what appears to be a loaded draft to dump Wiggins.
How is it a "dump" for a player they wanted? You act like the trade was for a TPE or Minnesota is going to cut Russell now. Minnesota got their starting PG and it cost them Wiggins + a high pick. That is not a dump, that's a trade.
Because according to everything fans heard from what are good sources they have been trying to dump him. Are you saying that Russels value was greater than the value of the 2021 pick and Wiggins had positive value to the trade?
According to fans who heard unspecified rumors? Who cares? It's all speculation until a transaction is made. Minnesota got the player that they blatantly pursued prior to GSW trading for Russell and then clearly pursued hard again at the deadline. GSW was in the driver's seat for the deal, and if they had wanted Dieng then they could have asked for him.
It is painfully clear you do not understand the Warriors right now. Wiggins value is not based on his on-court production alone. His contract is a huge trade asset for them as they are already well over the cap and limited in their options to make a move. His age and position fill a huge hole that was left when KD departed. They need to win in their new stadium.
Money is not an issue for the GSW FO, the ownership group was already considered one of the wealthiest in the league, and the team is now valued at $4.3b... up from $450m when they bought! They do not mind spending a little extra on Wiggins to keep roster flexibility and have no urgency to move him for cost savings.
The idea that they would trade a valuable pick for Memphis' trash because "fans said so" is lazy and illogical. Reality is, MIN moved him for a piece they wanted. They gave up a pick in the process, but no one is arguing he is equal value to Russell. GSW would expect something of value in return if you are going to ask for the 2020 FRP. Wiggins would only be included for salary matching, not a salary dump.