D'Angelo Russell is in the midst of his best season as a pro, averaging career-high marks across the board. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Warriors, who may be the league's worst team after making the Finals just last spring.
Nobody could blame the Warriors if they elected to just start over.
Of course, they'll be hanging on to their core, but everyone else is expendable, including D'Angelo. In fact, the young point guard is their biggest trade asset, and the Minnesota Timberwolves may already be looking for ways to acquire him.
“The Warriors pick up one of the league’s best 3-and-D defenders on a fantastic contract in Covington. RoCo is owed less than $13 million in each of the next two seasons and would be a perfect fit for the Warriors system when Thompson and Curry come back healthy. Teague would fill in this year for the injured Curry and could either be flipped at the February trade deadline or allowed to expire during the summer.”
The suggested deal involves sending Jeff Teague, Robert Covington, and two future first-round picks for Russell.
It's a deal that would fill needs for both sides. The Warriors would add much-needed wing depth and pieces to build on for the future, while the Wolves would become almost instant contenders with the pairing of D'Lo and Karl-Anthony Towns.
It's a deal that could work for both sides. But are the Warriors willing to part with their star guard?