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Nets reunion with former All-Star possible this offseason: report

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The Brooklyn Nets are looking to spontaneously improve their roster in a bid to contend for a championship, and reuniting with a former All-Star talent could be the way to go.

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reports that the Minnesota Timberwolves are ready to move guard D’Angelo Russell.

This news comes from a mock draft linking the wolves to TyTy Washington Jr. of Kentucky.

“D’Angelo Russell is being bought around, so it makes sense for the Timberwolves to target a shot creator with this selection,” O’Connor writes.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Russell has been shopped, as Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported something similar back in May.

The former Nets guard enjoyed his best season as a pro in Brooklyn when he brought home his only All-Star nod. He’s currently playing on a massive four-year, $117 million deal and while he didn’t fulfill that deal, he’s still prolific.

Being a co-star like he is in Minnesota might not be the best role for him, but instead he could return to Brooklyn and find a better seat to star alongside Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons.

As Wolves look to improve, there could be a feeling that they’ve hit their ceiling with the core of Karl Anthony-Towns, Anthony Edwards and Russell. Bleacher Report’s Joseph Zucker mentions that nabbing the former All-Star could now be easier than ever for another team like the Nets.

“The ship probably sailed on the Wolves and turned Russell for an all-star caliber talent, but he may be the best trade good available to them,” Zucker wrote. “Towns is going nowhere and Anthony Edwards should be considered untouchable.”

One thing that speaks against the networks is that they don’t have a lot of assets to offer in one trade. Bruce Brown and Nic Claxton would be decent figures, but they could well be players who don’t want to let go of the Nets.

Russell will have some interest in the league, and that includes city rivals the New York Knicks.

“The other thing is, what kind of market is there for D’Angelo Russell? He’s in the last year of his contract and you could get him for a year and (31) million dollars for a guy who’s good but not great,” an Eastern Conference executive told Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney. “A guy who’s about your average NBA starter. There aren’t many teams that need a big money point guard right now. The Knicks really are the only ones, so they’re pretty well positioned in this market.”

Minnesota’s biggest concern with a potential trade right now would be adjusting Russell’s salary. He’s not exactly worth $31 million on his own, and the board mentions that the Knicks are pretty much the only team that can get him. They even say it might be easy for them.

“If the Knicks give up Evan Fournier and Obi (Toppin), they don’t have to give up much more, maybe they’re coming out of Nerlens’ (Noel’s) contract as well,” the manager said.

It’s tough for the networks to possibly nail a deal like this, but that’s what the ferocity of the off-season is for.

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“If the Knicks give up Evan Fournier and Obi (Toppin), they don’t have to give up much more, maybe they’re coming out of Nerlens’ (Noel’s) contract as well,” the manager said.

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