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#pounditTuesday, September 21, 2021

Steve Kerr admits D’Angelo Russell was bad fit for Warriors

The Golden State Warriors traded D’Angelo Russell midway through his first season with the team, and they seem to be admitting that it simply was never going to work out.

Russell was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Andrew Wiggins and draft picks on Thursday, ending a failed experiment in the Bay Area. Warriors coach Steve Kerr essentially admitted as much on Friday, stating that Russell was a “questionable” fit from day one.

It doesn’t sound like Russell did anything wrong, but he was a victim of the Warriors trying to acquire assets and make things work knowing that injuries and Kevin Durant’s departure would reshuffle their expectations for the season. Stephen Curry will be back soon, and Thompson will be there next year as well.

This goes along with information that some others in the Golden State locker room just never meshed with Russell. This was ultimately a well-intentioned but failed experiment that the Warriors were able to get out from under it rather quickly.

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