Warriors not looking for D’Angelo Russell deal, looking to make moves around edges of roster
The Golden State Warriors won’t be actively looking to deal the newly-acquired D’Angelo Russell during this trade deadline. They are instead looking to make a few moves around the edges of their roster, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The Warriors have emphasized the growth of their young players and have had plenty of minutes to give to them, due to the long-term absences of Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry. Russell and Draymond Green, the only healthy stars of this team, have also dealt with their share of injuries and the Warriors’ training staff has been careful getting them back into action. This could be taken as a sign that the Warriors intend to keep them.
Instead, the team intends to circle the wagons for potential trades involving players on the end of the bench, such sharpshooter Glenn Robinson III and spark plug Alec Burks. They are two complementary pieces that could be of interest to playoff-bound teams looking for an extra piece ahead of the stretch run.
The general belief is that the Warriors’ front office brought Russell with a vision for the future. They evidently intend to keep despite a dismal drop-off this season in the wake of a slew of injuries and a roster that hasn’t been able to rack up many wins in a crowded Western Conference.
The Warriors could, however, be willing to deal Russell if they get an offer from another team that can blow them away. That appears to be unlikely, considering most teams don’t have the capacity to take on Russell’s contract, which pays him a a whopping $117 million over the next three years after this one. The Warriors acquired Russell in a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets after Kevin Durant decided to go there in free agency over the summer.