Take it with a grain of salt or as concrete decisions, because when the Golden State Warriors traded for D’Angelo Russell this offseason, the speculation was that they would keep him until Klay Thompson came back and then they would trade him away for a young piece for the future.
GM Bob Myers was asked about this and what he said was interesting:
“I know it’s been written [about] and speculated and that’s fine…. We didn’t sign him with the intention of just trading him. We haven’t even seen him play in our uniform yet and people already have us trading him. That’s not how we’re viewing it. Let’s see what we have, let’s see what he is, let’s see how he fits.”
Bob Myers on D’Angelo Russell: “We didn’t sign him with the intention of trading him” pic.twitter.com/ST9YNg6XTm
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) July 15, 2019
It’ll be curious to see how Russell fits with the team if they decide they won’t move him.
Part of the criticism is on defense, with Steph Curry‘s lack of guarding bigger and stronger opposition and the fact that D’Angelo isn’t much of a defensive player either.
On offense, it could prove to be lethal, as Curry and Thompson can play off the ball while Russell distributes after the pick-and-roll.
We’ll see how Dub Nation handles it and how competitive they are next season.