Wolves guard D’Angelo Russell to have knee surgery, miss at least 4 weeks

Jason Owens
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Minnesota Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. The procedure will remove a loose body in his left knee.

Russell, 24, has been in and out of Minnesota's lineup this season with what the team has repeatedly deemed "left leg soreness." He's missed the last three games and eight games total this season. Tuesday's news sheds light on the extent of Russell's ailment that the Timberwolves remained vague about.

D'Angelo Russell #0 of the Minnesota Timberwolves dribbles against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second quarter at Moda Center on January 07, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
D’Angelo Russell is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

More bad news for Minnesota

The Timberwolves recently saw the return of All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns after an extended absence with COVID-19. Now, they're losing the guard they hoped would return to All-Star form after acquiring him last season from the Golden State Warriors to play a featured role alongside Towns.

In 20 games this season, Russell has averaged 19.3 points, 5.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds, all falling short of his averages in each of the last two seasons that included an All-Star bid with the Brooklyn Nets in 2019.

Minnesota sits in last place in the Western Conference at 7-20 with no reasonable chance of competing for a playoff spot.

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