D’Angelo Russell joined the Golden State Warriors, and according to ex-NBA guard Gilbert Arenas, his game with Stephen Curry will be really smooth.
“You are always skeptical about random pieces being added to teams, but at the end of the day, Steph has shown, that he can adapt to different players. I don’t think it is going to be a problem because he is going to everything, he can to make D’Angelo feel a part of that team.”
In the 2018-19 season, Curry averaged 27.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists per contest. Russell averaged 21.1 points, 3.9 boards and 7.0 assists per game for the Nets.
Warriors General Manager Bob Myers gave a green light for the sign-and-trade contract to acquire the All-Star point guard. Durant wanted to leave the Warriors, and Myers had to think of an option. In his interview with Tim Kawakami, Myers talked about the reasons he had to fit Russell in his team.
“From that point on, the motivation going in and leaving, obviously leaving, I left with a certainty that [Durant] wasn’t coming back,” Myers said on The TK Show. “Going in, my job, our job as a front office, is to prepare for what if Kevin does come back and what if Kevin doesn’t come back. It wasn’t necessarily an immediate pivot to D’Angelo.
“It was, ‘These are our options if Kevin doesn’t come back. What can we do?’ And for the people listening, it was simple. Either we do something like we did, which was more aggressive, whether it would have been that or something else, or another formulation of a sign-and-trade or using a huge trade exception, or we stand pat and signing a taxpayer mid-level. Those were the two pivot points. We obviously went the way we did.”
Russel isn’t as great as Durant, but he is a good player.
“The attraction for us was, what’s very hard in our business and in any sport is, how do you get a talented, young player?” Myers said. “It’s very difficult. How do you do it in my job or the front office? Usually it’s through the draft or a trade. And most times you try to trade for a guy that’s young and good, you have to give up something that’s easier, either a guaranteed high pick or a lottery guaranteed pick, or a good player or a combination of players. It’s hard to do.”