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Minnesota Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell has been rumored to be on the move ever since Tim Connelly agreed to become the president of basketball operations. However, while serious trade discussion haven't occurred, talks are expected to intensify ahead of Thursday's NBA Draft. The 26-year-old averaged 18.1 points in 2021-22, his lowest since his first season in Brooklyn in 2017. He did produce a career-high 7.1 assists. Yet, he shot just 34% from deep, the second-worst mark as a professional. Nonetheless, Russell has proven he can be an impactful fantasy option, so managers shouldn't dismiss him. Yet, regardless of where the former Buckeye suits up this year, he'll need to remain healthy, which continues to be an issue, and his shooting percentages also much to improve.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley is reportedly on Miami's radar heading into the summer. The veteran had a fantastic year in Minnesota last season, averaging 9.2 points, 4.6 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.2 steals, and was instrumental in helping the club advance to the postseason. Yet, with Tim Connelly now Minnesota's new president of basketball operations, moving on from Beverley may be on the horizon. The 33-year-old currently has one-year remaining on his current deal and is due to receive $13 million in 2022-23. He isn't the best shooter or scorer on the planet, negatively impacting category managers over the years. However, his defensive tenacity makes up for it to some degree.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell has been rumored to be on the move for quite some time. Yet, trade rumblings have intensified since the Wolves hired Tim Connelly to serve as the president of basketball operations. Unquestionably, the Knicks have been targeting Jalen Brunson. Still, Russell could be considered a backup option if a deal with Brunson doesn't come to fruition. The 26-year-old finished the 2021-22 campaign by averaging 18.1 points, 7.1 assists, and 1.0 steals while shooting a miserable 34% from deep, the lowest mark of his career. While anything can happen regarding Russell's future in Minnesota, a chance of scenery could benefit him, even more so in New York, a team that's desperate for a consistent presence in the backcourt. However, he will have to stay healthy to be of any benefit to fantasy managers, something that's been an issue throughout his career.
Never before in Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns' professional career had he attempted four shots from the field or fewer -- until Thursday, that is. Towns' ability to be involved in the offense was thoroughly flummoxed by Memphis, who got the big man into foul trouble and forced him to make four turnovers. Across his 33 minutes, Towns finished with eight points, five rebounds, and a season-high five blocks, marking the first time he swatted five shots since Dec. 31, 2018. D'Angelo Russell keyed the offense with 21 shot attempts, but the Grizzlies' new-look approach in the frontcourt of Brandon Clarke and Xavier Tillman Sr. -- instead of Steven Adams -- has proven to deliver consternation. With just 11 combined shot attempts in his past two games, Towns is something of a shaky DFS option ahead of Game 4 on Saturday.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taurean Prince (knee) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Memphis Grizzlies. He was tagged as questionable for Game 1, but ended up playing 12 minutes. That being said, it seems like Prince is closer to probable for Game 2. Fantasy managers will have to check back after shootaround on Tuesday for more information.