After being the biggest force in the NBA for the last five years, the Golden State Warriors have seen how things have changed for them this summer, following a very moved offseason. Of course, the biggest highlight of their summer was the departure of Kevin Durant and his subsequent signing with the Brooklyn Nets.
Nevertheless, they could get something good out of that, and that was D’Angelo Russell, who joined the Dubs via sign-and-trade with the aforementioned Nets as part of Durant’s move to Brooklyn.
As unexpected as that move was, it was very welcome by the Warriors fans and players, who know they got a great asset in Russell. After that, several reports suggested D’Lo could be traded by the Warriors at some point of the season. Yet, things aren’t exactly like that for the point guard and his new team. According to Keith Smith of RealGM, one executive from Golden State firmly denied that the team sees Russell as one player they will trade shortly.
“I’m trying to be nice, but that is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard,” the executive said. “A 23-year-old All-Star on a four-year deal better be someone you can trade easily, or we’re all idiots. Did we sign D’Angelo to trade him? No. We signed him because we had an opportunity to land an All-Star to replace the All-Star we were losing. Let’s not play conspiracy theory here.”
Only 23, D’Angelo is seen as one of the best players in the league for the future, already becoming an All-Star with the Nets last season, improving his game considerably. With Klay Thompson sidelined for a big part of the season, getting Russell was a great deal for the Warriors. Still, the team’s stance on the guard can change down the line, but right now D’Lo is not going anywhere.