Golden State isn’t planning on moving D’Angelo Russell just yet.
Warriors president Bob Myers addressed rumors Monday that the team wants to trade the 23-year-old guard in the near future. According to Myers, this is not the case at all.
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“We didn’t sign him with the intention of just trading him,” Myers told reporters. “We haven’t even seen him play in our uniform yet and a lot of people have us already trading him.
“That’s not how we’re viewing it. Let’s just see what we have. Let’s see what he is. Let’s see how he fits. Part of our job in the front office and the coaching staff and organization is how does it all work.”
Russell, who was acquired in a sign-and-trade with the Nets, is expected to start in the Warriors’ backcourt alongside Stephen Curry in 2019-20. Klay Thompson will likely miss most of the year recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in Game 6 of the Finals.
There is speculation that Russell will hit the trading block once Thompson is back in good shape, but Myers insists Golden State is focusing on the present.
“So much of our sport is what are you doing next,” Myers said. “We’ve got to figure out what we’re doing now. And that applies to a guy like D’Angelo in that there’s speculation that we’re moving him when we haven’t even seen him play.
“We’re just happy that we got a young player that has a lot of upside in our opinion.”
Russell became an All-Star for the first time last season and averaged career highs in points (21.1) and assists (7.0) per game. He signed a four-year, $117 million deal earlier this month.