The Golden State Warriors have affirmed their intentions to keep D’Angelo Russell around for the long-haul. But what if they don’t?
The biggest vulnerability of Golden State, all the way back through their first Championship has been in the frontcourt. Nowadays, they lack the size to protect the rim and rebound off the glass at an elite level.
It stands to reason that in order for the Warriors to really fill that need, they’ll have to give someone up. Who better than their newest, young star point guard?
In an article by Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz, it is conceivable that the Warriors trade D’Lo for a dominant big man — most notably, Detroit’s Andre Drummond.
“The Pistons are stuck in NBA purgatory, and adding a young All-Star point guard in Russell, 23, raises the ceiling. The No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft averaged 21.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.2 steals last season, leading the Brooklyn Nets to the playoffs following a dreadful 28-win season the year before. Current Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson only has one year left on his deal, and Derrick Rose has averaged just over 38 healthy games per season over the past eight years. Russell is under contract for the next four years and could create one of the Eastern Conference’s best one-two combos with Blake Griffin.”
The swap plugs major weak points for both teams. For the Pistons, their long search of an All-Star caliber point guard has brought them, Reggie Jackson and Derrick Rose. By clearing out the logjam in their frontcourt, they can finally upgrade in the backcourt.
The Warriors are dealing with the opposite. Klay, D’Lo, and Steph simply take up way too many opportunities to fit. By adding Dre, they can deal with that issue along with getting much-needed size under the rim.
The odds likely are not in favor of the deal going down, but maybe it’s worthy of some consideration?