When D'Angelo Russell arrived to Minnesota in exchange for Andrew Wiggins last season, everyone expected the Timberwolves to take a leap in the Western Conference.
Due to multiple injuries, the Timberwolves haven't been able to perform at the highest level. Since Russell arrived to Minnesota last February, he has played a total of 115 minutes with Karl-Anthony Towns.
It's hard to evaluate the roster when the main players are not on the court together.
The curse will continue for Minnesota, as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Russell will undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body in his left knee and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks.
ESPN Sources: Minnesota Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell will undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body in his left knee and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 16, 2021
Russell has averaged 19.3 points and 5.1 assists in his first full season with Minnesota.
While he's out, Ricky Rubio is expected to start for Minnesota and become the team's primarily ball-handler. Malik Beasley and Jarrett Culver will also get more playing time under Ryan Saunders the next couple of weeks.