Windhorst: Dubs could get 1st-round pick and more for D’Lo

Warriors not able to trade Russell until Dec. 15

Matthew Ashlock
November 05, 2019 - 1:53 pm

D’Angelo Russell has only played five games in a Golden State Warriors uniform. Is it too early to talk about trading him?

D’Lo was acquired from Brooklyn in the Kevin Durant sign-and-trade in the offseason, which allowed the Warriors to net an asset for KD instead of losing him for nothing. An all-around great move by Bob Myers and Joe Lacob.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst wrote Tuesday about the possibility of the Warriors trading Russell:

"If the Warriors decide to investigate the market, some league executives believe it's not unreasonable to think the Warriors could get another first-round pick plus a quality role player for Russell, especially if they're able to construct a deal where they take back salary."

"Even if Russell ends up looking like a great fit and the Warriors elect to keep him through the season, he would potentially have just as much value next summer when the free-agent pool is shallow and teams go hunting for talent upgrades."

If they do decide to trade him, Russell isn’t eligible to be traded until Dec. 15. That being said, Bob Myers is quoted as such:

“We didn't sign D'Angelo with the intention of trading him."

On the other hand, having three guards on max contracts doesn’t seem like a great idea on paper. It might be in the Warriors best interest to strike while the iron is hot and get a return that helps them in the long term.

Maybe this is all nonsense, and we will look back in the coming months, or even years, and see that we we're all fools to even suggest these trade ideas.

Only time will tell.

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