We'll get our first look at the Warriors on Thursday night when they face off against the Clippers in their season opener.
And while D'Angelo Russell has kept the Warriors' title contention hopes alive, his future with the team has been a subject of much doubt since his arrival.
If things happen to fall apart later in the year, Russell could be a primary target prior to February's annual trade deadline. Rumor has it, in such a scenario, the Dubs would only be willing to part with Russell for a star-caliber player.
(via Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report)
“The only problem with trying to get him off Golden State? The price. Russell is the key to keeping the Warriors dynasty alive, either through his play or his trade value, and it would likely take a star player in return at either small forward or center for Golden State to consider a deal. Players who are good, young and on relatively affordable long-term deals don’t come around often. With Bradley Beal off the market, Russell may be the best the 2020 deadline has to offer.”
The Warriors would be fools to ask anything less. The 23-year-old point guard is on a long-term deal and is currently entering his prime as one of the best offensive guards in the game.
Swartz mentioned three NBA teams who should make a call to the Warriors and inquire about Russell, namely the Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Detroit Pistons. All three have the assets to pull off the deal to both help vault their own franchises and keep the Warriors' dynasty alive.