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D’Angelo Russell expected to play Wednesday vs. Nets [UPDATE]

With trade winds gusting, the Warriors G is set to return to the lineup after sitting out Monday vs. Wizards.

Golden State Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell celebrates with head coach Steve Kerr during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Feb. 4, 1:49 p.m. — Russell is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday vs. the Brooklyn Nets. Russell’s name has been thrown around a ton in trade rumors leading up to Thursday’s deadline. It’s a bit surprising Russell is expected to play. I would keep an eye on this to be sure he isn’t held out with a potential deal on the table.

Golden State Warriors G D’Angelo Russell is questionable to play in Monday’s game vs. the Washington Wizards due to a quad contusion. Is this a real injury or a trade deadline week smokescreen?

Marc Stein of The New York Times reported early Monday that the Warriors are “listening to pitches” for Russell. The team had been viewed as a long-shot to deal the young guard before the deadline, but things have heated up. This could be a play to potentially keep Russell out Monday in the event that talks escalate quickly. The Dubs next game is Wednesday vs. the Nets, so that would be D’Lo’s last before the deadline on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Fantasy basketball analysis: Golden State Warriors G D’Angelo Russell

The Warriors are also expected to trade Alec Burks ($5,300), who is the main benefactor of Russell potentially being sidelined vs. the Wizards. If D’Lo is out, Burks is chalk in such a good matchup at a low price. We can also expect Golden State to showcase Burks, so plenty of minutes and usage. Draymond Green ($6,500) has played well the past four games much to my dismay. Green would benefit also, getting more minutes as the ball-handler in some lineups.