After reports indicated interest from the Lakers and Timberwolves, D’Angelo Russell was quickly, and suddenly, traded to the Warriors, per a sign-and-trade agreement on all sides.
Russell picked the Warriors, and the Warriors essentially chose to take on Russ. Still, their future together has been shrouded in doubt since the moment the deal was announced. See, as a ball-handling guard, D’Angelo is usually effective with the ball in his hands. In Brooklyn, he was able to control the offense by setting others up and creating his own shots off the dribble.
With the Warriors, two of their top players are guards. And while all of them are capable of producing valuable minutes off the ball, it will be an interesting adjustment to behold, albeit one that Russ isn’t even worried about.
Here’s what he told Uproxx.com’s Robby Kalland after being asked about the fit with his new team.
I’m sure it will work out pretty well, it’s a bunch of good basketball players trying to figure it out. I think that’s the beauty of starting over with a new group of guys, but I haven’t really talked to the Warriors on a consistent basis on how it’s going to be but I’m sure it’ll be fine. I mean, they have more than enough coaching and more than enough players to make it work, and I’m excited for it.
He also shed some light about what the process of him becoming a Warrior looked like.
It was a fun process going through it for the first time. Golden State came out and into the light with the opportunity and the situation, and I just wanted to go to the best situation and I thought that’s what it was at the end of the day.
If it works out, his partnership with the Warriors could end up being one of the best decisions he’s ever made. Under the leadership of the experienced star-core, and the guidance of Steve Kerr, D’Lo can really get a grasp on what it takes to win.
Plus, he will have unprecedented freedom in the offense, a subject that was also touched in the interview.
It’s fun. Like you said, you know the Warriors are going to put guys in the best position to succeed. I look forward to doing that and being me as much as I can on the court.
It will certainly be a period of learning for both D’Angelo and the Warriors. As the reigning Western Conference Champs, they will have to figure out how best to move on in spite of recent losses.
For Russell, he will have to work on how to best help his team through the transition, and even transition his own game as he plays alongside two other elite guards in the backcourt.
The 23-year-old All-Star is set to make over $117M in the next four years. The team currently has no plans to trade him this upcoming NBA season.