On the cusp of a new season, the Warriors will have to make a lot of adjustments in light of their losses. The injury to Klay Thompson and departures of Durant and Iguodala have provided a uniquely foreign situation for the Dubs, one that has them several steps back from their back-to-back Championship wins a few just two seasons ago.
Fortunately, they were able to come out of the summer with something, acquiring D’Angelo Russell in a sign and trade with Brooklyn. And while the team persists he is there for the long haul, others are beginning to speculate he could be used as a trade chip in the near future.
One such trade could involve Tobias Harris and the 76ers, who would no doubt love to have a guy like Russell on their squad.
“They deserve some time to see how well this partnership works. But if Golden State is sputtering as the deadline approaches, Russell could help them land a bigger wing/forward who might fit the roster a bit better.”
“In theory, Philly’s jumbo starting lineup of Ben Simmons, Josh Richardson, Harris, Al Horford and Joel Embiid is intriguing. But Russell, Richardson, Simmons, Horford and Embiid may be more balanced, has another layer of shot creation with Russell and isn’t quite as reliant on Simmons at the point of attack. Philadelphia could also stagger Russell and Simmons, giving them a full 48 minutes with a top-tier initiator on the floor. The Warriors could employ a similar strategy with Russell and Curry, but Harris could potentially be a better version of the Harrison Barnes they had for their 73-win season.”
Tobias Harris recently signed a five-year, $180 million extension with the Sixers that will keep him in town through 2024. It’s a lot of money, and it’s always a risk, but Tobias could work wonders alongside Curry and Klay. Unlike Russell, he’s more of a spot-up shooter type, who could fill the Warriors’ depth at the wing.
For Philadelphia, the only thing they need more than shooting is a shooting point guard. D’Angelo Russell certainly fits the bill in that regard. He averaged 7.8 attempts from beyond the arc last season and nailed over 36% percent of them.
The question is, will the Warriors be willing to part with Russell so soon into his new contract with the team? It seems unlikely now, but come February, anything is possible.