The Golden State Warriors are unlikely to deal guard D’Angelo Russell during the season, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Russell was acquired during this offseason by the Warriors in a complicated sign-and-trade deal with the Brooklyn Nets. The contract is a max deal for four years and worth $117.32 million, per basketball-reference.
Because of the trade, the Warriors aren’t allowed to go over the luxury tax this season. So they really have no cap flexibility in a trade and don’t have any incentive to rush dealing Russell. For one, they’re on track to have a very good shot at the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. If they wait until the summer to deal Russell, they could package him with the lottery pick for an All-Star, potentially top 10-15 player.
We already know the Minnesota Timberwolves wanted Russell during the offseason. Does this open up the possibility that the Dubs could deal him to Minnesota for a huge haul? Perhaps, but the trade likely would have to exclude Karl-Anthony Towns, right? We’ll see.