The NBA offseason is packed with huge deals, and most superstars signed with a different team. Kevin Durant joined the Brooklyn Nets, and Kyrie Irving followed his example. The Warriors shocked the world of basketball with their trade for D’Angelo Russell. The team is building a strong backcourt, and Russell’s trade is still making headlines.
Klay Thompson is expected to miss the next season as he suffered a terrible ACL tear in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Russell is a perfect fit for Stephen Curry, and the Warriors have just entered a new era of basketball.
Thompson will return at some point, and the franchise will have three All-Star caliber players on huge deals. There will be two starting positions in their backcourt.
Experts say that the Warriors will trade Russell away at some point.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers decided to address the rumors Monday afternoon.
“I know it’s been written and speculated, and that’s fine. That’s what everybody’s job is to do,” Myers said. “We didn’t sign him with the intention of just trading him. We haven’t even seen him play in our uniform yet, and a lot of people have us 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.”
The Golden State sealed the deal because they were looking for a chance to boost their roster. The Los Angeles Lakers added Anthony Davis, and Kawhi Leonard signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. Their rivals grew really strong, and there was no room for mistake.
Adding an ascending All-Star was a good option.
Is Russell the player to succeed Curry? Curry is 31, and Russell is 23, so the team can groom him into a successor.
We don’t really have an idea regarding Russell’s role in the Golden State. We can’t do anything but agree with Myers. He knows how things work in the NBA, and it worked perfectly fine in the past few seasons. The Warriors missed the opportunity to win another title, but they won’t give up without a fight next season.