RUMOR: Warriors ‘listening’ to trade pitches for D’Angelo Russell
When the Golden State Warriors acquired D’Angelo Russell during the offseason, no one had predicted that the team would be in its current state. And so, unbelievably, the Warriors are currently standing at the bottom of the league, and are now in pace to get a lottery pick in the 2020 NBA draft.
Injuries have continued to plague the Warriors since Kevin Durant’s departure. The final blow seemed to come when their long-time point guard Stephen Curry injured his left hand during the fourth game of the season. It’s no surprise that the Warriors are now looking to move several pieces to get back on track, and recent talks have indicated the inclusion of All-star guard D’Angelo Russell in pitches.
According to Marc Stein, the Warriors were previously thought to have been waiting until draft time to consider moving Russell. These beliefs are now dismissed, with sources saying that they are open to listening to those interested, including the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Many thought the Warriors would wait until draft time to seriously ponder moving D'Angelo Russell, but sources say they are listening to pitches — with no secret Minnesota wants D-Lo badly. Golden State is widely expected to trade Alec Burks and/or Glenn Robinson III this week
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 3, 2020
The former second overall pick was previously with the Brooklyn Nets last season, where he received his first All-star nod. He was sent to the Warriors last July as part of a sign-and-trade package, with the Nets acquiring superstar Kevin Durant. Russell is currently averaging a productive 23.8 points and 6.3 assists for his new team.
In addition to the 23-year-old, the Warriors are also expected to trade Alec Burks and possibly Glenn Robinson III “this week.” After all, they are presently holding an 11-39 record. The team’s .220 win rate is nothing less of a drastic drop from being at the top of the Western Conference last season when they boasted a 57-25, .695 winning percentage.