The Golden State Warriors had better plans for this season, but injuries have changed all of that, leaving the Dubs hopeless to even compete for a spot in the playoffs. Knowing all the injuries they have, some people have wondered what’s going to happen with D’Angelo Russell, the Warriors' biggest addition this summer.
Russell is eligible to be traded on Dec. 15 and many around the league believe the Dubs will try to trade him. However, according to Sean Deveney of Heavy, the Warriors aren’t currently pushing the trade market for Russell.
Yet as December 15 looms, the Warriors have been decidedly quiet on the Russell trade market, according to sources around the league.
“If it is something that they’re going to do quickly, like before the end of this month, I wouldn’t say they’re pushing for it,” one general manager said. “Maybe they have a deal in mind, maybe they’re sitting on something and laying low. But I’d be surprised. That’s not how they’d approach it, I’d think. You want to create a market if you are going to trade a player like him, you want to put teams against each other, drive up the price. You don’t want to lock into one deal. But the market thing, that’s not really happening yet. They’re not pushing the market for him.”
D’Lo joined from the Brooklyn Nets in the Kevin Durant sign-and-trade deal. Russell signed a four-year, $117 million contract with the Dubs.
In 11 games this season, he is averaging 23.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. The Warriors have one of the worst records in the NBA at 5-19.