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Warriors’ D’Angelo Russell doesn’t care about looming trade buzz

Warriors, D'Angelo Russell

D’Angelo Russell saw the doors of a max-level contract open up to him after an All-Star season with the Brooklyn Nets, soon taking a four-year, $117 million offer from the Golden State Warriors in a sign-and-trade scenario. While he could have chosen stability with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who offered $107 million over four years, Russell chose the chance to learn from a championship-laden franchise while pocketing an extra $10 million.

That has come with a trade buzz from the jump, as executives suggested D’Lo would be a quick flip at the trade deadline, something he’s been more than willing to navigate.

“I just don’t care (about the buzz),” Russell told Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “Simple as that. I just don’t care. “When you say max contract to come in and learn from these guys as much as you can as quick as you can — because you don’t know when you’ll be gone, shipped out — that’s what I’m doing. I can’t control that. I can’t control if Bob Myers is like, yo, let’s go get such and such for this and make this pick. That’s his job. I can’t control it or say anything about it, especially if I’m a part of it. So I don’t waste energy worrying about it.”

Russell has had an up and down stint with the Warriors, with a heavy portion spent on the sidelines amid some injuries. With less than two months until the Feb. 6 trade deadline, Russell’s name is sure to come up again as the Warriors undergo a transitional season, but he’s more than okay with that as part of his situation.