Rumor: Knicks still trying to trade for Warriors’ D’Angelo Russell
The New York Knicks are still interested in pursuing Golden State Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell, according to Steve Popper of Newsday. Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium confirms the Knicks are still pursuing Russell.
Steve Stoute, who has been put in charge of the rebranding of the front office, has already set his aim high, looking at the 23-year-old lefty scorer as a potential star for the franchise.
Marcus Morris, perhaps the Knicks’ single most tradable piece, will be moved before the deadline, per Popper — this could mean the Knicks are offering him as part of the deal to acquire Russell, or they have a separate deal in the works.
The Warriors could use a battle-tested veteran like Morris, but there has to be some skepticism from Golden State’s front office, considering he will be a free agent at the end of the season, likely commanding more than the $15 million he’s owed this season.
Golden State has been reluctant to trade Russell thus far, pulling out of talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night before the latter swung a four-team deal with the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, and the late-joining Denver Nuggets.
If that remains true for the Knicks, it’s likely the Warriors are asking for a very hefty price, wanting a Godfather offer they can’t refuse before considering moving Russell, whom they acquired in a sign-and-trade for Kevin Durant this past offseason.
D’Angelo Russell leads the team in scoring with 23.8 points per game, a career-high mark to go with his 6.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds. The lefty has been in and out of the lineup with a series of injuries this season, none of which seem to concern buyers prior to the trade deadline.