Just hours after the Warriors traded for D'Angelo Russell, people were doubting his long-term future with the team.
But, even after all of those rumors, Warriors coach Steve Kerr is showing all inclinations that Russell is in it for the long-haul.
"[He's a dynamic] player in the pick and roll, excellent shooter and I like his in-between game," Kerr told Monte Poole on Wednesday's episode of The Warriors Insider Podcast. "He makes a lot of plays out of the pick-and-roll. Those float shots are tough to master, and he makes those pretty routinely. So, we can do a lot of things with D'Angelo on and off the ball."
"I'm anxious to get started with him and see how he's going to play with Steph," Kerr said. "We'll probably run more pick-and-roll than we have in the past, given our change in personnel. But, I'm really excited to have him on board and can't wait to coach him."
Russell is more than just a consolation prize for the Warriors. At 23-years-old, he has a chance to usher in the next chapter for the franchise. Short-term, he will be working to find his fit alongside Steph and Klay, two of the best shooters in the game.
And while they are no longer Championship favorites this upcoming season, they are going to be in the conversation -- with Russell playing a huge role. It will be interesting to see how he and the team adjust to their new partnership.