The problem with s&t is no player wants to go somewhere to weaken the team they are joining. Before, it was done to get the player that fifth year. So both player and signing team agrees to throw a future 1st rounder to make that happen.
I do think it is possible if the bidding war really goes up...
We can basically reach out to a team like Phoenix or Orlando (assuming Russell is open to going to those teams) and say "listen, any offer you give him, we will match. So give us a good enough offer and we can do sign and trade"
It's risky and requires special circumstance. and that team can basically call our bluff and give him an offer anyway. At that point, if he signs it, either we match or we don't...no more trading.
The team, IMO, that we can leverage is Minny. They want to pair him with Kat but can't afford to sign him outright. Problem is aside from him, their assets are trash so matching salaries means taking on contracts we don't want.
So yeah, it's possible...but not likely.
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