The Golden State Warriors are destined for a seat at the bottom after suffering major offseason losses and injuries to key players to start the season.
D’Angelo Russell was supposed to help keep their title hopes alive this campaign, but those plans are quickly changing as the Warriors fall further and further into the grips of reality.
As a result, Russell’s name has been thrown into the rumor mill, with some in the community insisting he’ll be shipped off before February’s annual trade deadline.
According to Mark Medina of USA Today Sports, that is still a long way out.
“It depends on how this season plays out. If the Warriors are still in the playoff hunt, they are better riding that out and then evaluating options in the summer. Plus, D-Lo’s value could be higher after having a productive season in Golden State. If it becomes clear they are a lottery team, the Warriors should extract as much value from a D-Lo trade as much as they can. The Warriors aren’t thinking that way yet. The season is way too early.”
But, if Russ does happen to get put on the trade block, the Heat could step up as legitimate suitors.
Let’s get wild. The Heat need to add more talent around Jimmy Butler and the Warriors need help on the wing after trading Iggy and losing KD. This fits the needs of both teams and sends a first rounder to the Warriors. A Jimmy and D-Lo duo in Miami could be deadly.
In the proposed trade deal that would send him to South Beach, Frydenlund suggested that the Miami Heat could offer a trade package including Justise Winslow, James Johnson, and a 2024 first-round pick to the Warriors in exchange for Russell.
The 23-year-old guard is averaging 19 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 6.4 assists on 38% in his first season as a Warrior.