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Warriors coach: Team ‘having more fun’ with Andrew Wiggins

The Golden State Warriors did not receive very high marks at the onset after the team acquired Andrew Wiggins from the Minnesota Timberwolves at the trade deadline. While time is always needed to determine whether a trade is beneficial, damaging or essentially had an inconsequential net effect, it sounds like the Warriors are at least enjoying Wiggins’ presence.

Wiggins will not be expected to be the bell-ringer for the Warriors like he was in Minnesota, and Steve Kerr made it clear last week that the former No. 1 pick will play a different role with Golden State. Whether or not that has already had a positive impact upon the pressure felt by Wiggins, it appears it has helped him quickly become comfortable in his new surroundings.

“We’re having more fun,” a Warriors coach told Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “The puzzle now fits.”

The coach’s comment falls in line with the narrative that D’Angelo Russell, who was jettisoned in the trade for Wiggins, was never a good fit on the Warriors. Not only did Kerr later acknowledge as much, there was word even before the trade that Russell had already wore out his welcome on the team in just a few months.

The case can be made, then, that a change in scenery for both Wiggins and Russell might be the best thing that could have happened to them at this stage in their careers.

Despite how the Wiggins acquisition was initially panned, the Warriors have to be pleased with the results up to this point. In three games, Wiggins is averaging 23 points, 4 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.7 blocks. It goes without saying the Warriors will be thrilled if Wiggins can maintain that kind of production.

The fact the team is having fun with Wiggins in the fold could then be considered a very nice bonus.