The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to trade point guard D’Angelo Russell to the Los Angeles Lakers in a three-team trade with the Utah Jazz.
In return for Russell, the Wolves are receiving veteran point guard Mike Conley Jr., Nickeil Alexander-Walker and second round draft picks in 2024, 2025, and 2026, according to The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski.
The trade will also see Russell’s former Minnesota teammates Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt wind up in LA, while the Jazz will receive Russell Westbrook and a first-round draft pick, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
Russell has been in constant trade discussions after he had a slower start to the year, which is his final under his contract.
While his time in Minnesota has come to an end, just three years after the Wolves traded for him, he will now return to the Lakers, the team that drafted him.
Conley joins the Wolves as they currently sit in the ninth spot in the west, just two games behind the six-spot Dallas Mavericks.
Conley started his career with the Memphis Grizzlies and is averaging a career-high in assists this season, collecting 7.7 a game, paired with 10.7 points through 43 games.
With the Wolves not wanting to waste a year of their up-and-coming star Anthony Edwards, Conley could help in facilitating the ball and does have almost four seasons of experience playing with Rudy Gobert, who the team picked up from Utah over the summer in a blockbuster trade.