With the departure of Kevin Durant, the Warriors 3-year unquestioned dominance came to an end. But despite the Dubs having taken a step back, they can still be very competitive in the West, especially with the addition of D'Angelo Russell.
He makes things interesting, not necessarily because of what he adds to the Warriors, but because of how he can be used as a future asset to trade for other stars.
See, for Russell (a young shooting point guard) his game might not necessarily translate well with the Warriors. They already have a deep enough backcourt. If they use D'Lo in a trade, however, they could bring in someone who might be a better fit with the roster.
Does the name Kevin Love ring a bell?
“If the Golden State Warriors end up moving D’Angelo Russell (who we’ll get to), Love would be a good positional fit next to Draymond Green and Kevon Looney, who could cover for his defensive weaknesses while Love at least somewhat replaces the lost Kevin Durant firepower.”
As a 30-year-old stretch four, Kevin Love would be an ideal fit for the Warriors. Despite injury concerns and weak defensive capabilities, the addition would be an upgrade over Russell.
The 5x All-Star played just 22 games this past season, averaging 17 points and over 10 rebounds in that stretch. He signed a 4-year, $120 million contract extension with the Cavaliers in 2018.