Without having played a single game for the Warriors, talk of D’Angelo Russell’s “inevitable” departure from the team were circulating the headlines. Questions about his fit with the team, and with a crowded backcourt, created doubt in a lot of minds that he would be sticking around for the long haul.
But according to Warriors GM Bob Meyers himself, they are not close to ready to give up on D’Lo.
“I know it’s been written [about] and speculated and that’s fine…. We didn’t sign him with the intention of just trading him,” Myers said, via The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. “We haven’t even seen him play in our uniform yet and people already have us trading him. That’s not how we’re viewing it.
“Let’s see what we have, let’s see what he is, let’s see how he fits.”
“We didn’t sign him with the intention of just trading him.”
Bob Myers with the vote of confidence for D-Lo 👀
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) July 15, 2019
With Klay due to miss at least the first few months of the season, they will test the waters with Russell. Upon Klay’s return, they will likely continue to find ways he can fit within their offense.
The 23-year-old guard is coming off his first All-Star season, averaging over 21 points per game and 7 assists for the year. As part of the sign-and-trade deal with the Nets for Kevin Durant, Russell will join Steph, Klay and the gang in San Fransisco as they look to maintain their status as a league elite.