Not all NBA-related developments out of China are negative.
Chinese shoe company Li-Ning brand Way of Wade is pushing to have a deal with Golden State Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell, according to Marc Stein. The deal would make Russell a brand ambassador.
Basketball development of a different sort from China: The Li-Ning brand Way of Wade has been pushing to close a lucrative deal with new Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell to make Russell a brand ambassador, according to industry sources
Russell, 23, was signed with Nike but his deal was set to expire this fall, according to sneaker reporter Nick DePaula. Russell is an up-and-coming name.
A former No. 2 overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers, Russell made his first All-Star team last year and emerged with the Brooklyn Nets. He was traded to Golden State as part of the Kevin Durant deal. Russell is entering his fifth season in the league.
The Golden State Warriors will have much less firepower next season than they have in the past few years, but they should still have one of the best backcourts in the NBA even while Klay Thompson is recovering from a torn ACL. And when Thompson does return, D’Angelo Russell thinks Golden State’s collection of guards could be so good it will almost be unrealistic.
“I think it’s like a video game. You got three guys who can shoot the three at a high clip. I think that’s really exciting for the fans,” Russell said. “Threes are obviously worth more than twos at the end of the day, so I think it gives us an opportunity to win. I’m so excited, and I think we’re going to bring a lot of excitement [to the fans].”
Even with Kevin Durant gone and Thompson expected to miss most — if not all — of the 2019-20 season, the Warriors should remain competitive in the Western Conference. Russell is coming off a breakout season with the Brooklyn Nets, and playing alongside Stephen Curry should open up more opportunities for him to score.
Myers isn’t going to outright put Russell on the trade block right now. The Warriors will need him as long as Klay Thompson is hurt, and if he hits in well with the team, there’s almost certainly no aversion to keeping him around long-term. If he doesn’t fit in, it probably bears watching what the Warriors may do with him next summer.
The Golden State Warriors may have lost Kevin Durant, but they are gaining some ice in their veins.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on Sunday that the Warriors have acquired All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell from the Brooklyn Nets on a four-year, $117 million max deal. The deal will be part of a sign-and-trade, as Durant expressed his intention to sign with Brooklyn earlier in the day.
Golden State and Brooklyn have agreed on a sign-and-trade, sending D’Angelo Russell to the Warriors on a four-year, $117M maximum contract, league sources tell ESPN.
The Dubs’ acquisition of Russell, who just posted 21.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per game in a career year, fills a need. Klay Thompson may miss all of next season with a torn ACL, Shaun Livingston is expected to retire, and Quinn Cook could be on his way out of Golden State as well.
That said, the move is still somewhat surprising considering that Golden State had to create space to get under the tax apron in order to absorb Russell. They achieved that by trading longtime Warrior Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies along with a future first-round pick, per Wojnarowski.
Golden State is trading Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies, league source tells ESPN. Warriors are sending a 2024 protected first-round pick in the 2024 (protected 1-4), 2025 (protected 1) and 2026 unprotected.
All signs continue to point to D’Angelo Russell joining the Minnesota Timberwolves.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Russell has been in contact with Minnesota center Karl-Anthony Towns as recently as Saturday as the Timberwolves seek to clear the necessary cap room to add Russell to the roster.
D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns were huddling as recently as yesterday, league sources, while the Wolves have been canvassing the league to make the trades they need to make that can seal the former Nets All-Star as the new point guard in Minnesota
It’s still unclear how the Nets will handle Russell at this situation. A trade is possible, or they could still rescind their rights to him and grant him unrestricted free agency, which seems to be the scenario Minnesota is preparing for. What’s clear is that they are Russell’s preferred destination, and it looks likely that he’ll land there one way or another.
The Golden State Warriors may not be walking away from Kevin Durant’s departure empty-handed.
Speaking Sunday on “The Jump,” ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said that the Dubs could land D’Angelo Russell from the Brooklyn Nets in a sign-and-trade for Durant. Windhorst did note though that such a move would be “complicated” as the Warriors could have to sell themselves to Russell, agree on a contract with him, then do the sign-and-trade.
The 23-year-old Russell, who was an All-Star last season with averages of 21.1 points and 7.0 assists per game to help lead Brooklyn to a playoff berth, is a restricted free agent for now after the Nets tendered him a qualifying offer.
The Warriors will have a need in the backcourt next year with Klay Thompson out with a torn ACL, and they are already working on other moves in the wake of Durant’s exit as well.
Despite interest from the team he started his career with, D’Angelo Russell appears to have a different preference for his new home.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Minnesota Timberwolves are Russell’s preferred option in free agency, and they believe they can free up the necessary cap space to sign him. The feeling is mutual, as the Timberwolves have made him their top target as well.
Minnesota is at the top of D'Angelo Russell's free-agent wish list as the opening bell nears, league sources say — with the Timberwolves increasingly confident they can make the necessary salary-cap moves to land him
The Lakers' interest in D'Angelo Russell is undeniable, league sources say, but Minnesota has made the All-Star guard its top priority in free agency knowing that the Nets mere hours away from the momentous addition of Kyrie Irving
Russell is already set to meet with the Timberwolves. Unless the Los Angeles Lakers can change his mind, it sounds like it will be a matter of Minnesota clearing the cap space required to bring the guard in.
Once Kyrie Irving commits to a deal, Nets are expected to renounce All-Star guard D'Angelo Russell and allow him to become an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell ESPN. Russell led Nets to the playoffs this past season. There's tremendous league-wide interest in Russell. https://t.co/cJSryXSUJV
Wojnarowski added that the Nets would be willing to work with Russell on a sign-and-trade if the scenario presented itself.
Nets will be willing to work with Russell and his reps on ways to get him to a team of his choice, including sign-and-trade scenarios, league sources tell ESPN. If Russell and Nets found a sign-and-trade deal that works for both, obviously, there's no need to renounce his rights.
Russell is only 23 and is coming off the best season of his career. He averaged 21.1 points and seven assists per game and was the leader of a Nets team that made it back to the playoffs. He will have numerous suitors, including the team where he started his career, and immediately becomes one of the most in-demand free agents on the market.
As Russell is a restricted free agent, they can match any offer he receives. However, if Kyrie Irving joins them as expected, it could see him depart the organization.
Russell has other interested parties, including an organization he knows well. The Timberwolves, who are looking for talent everywhere to surround Karl-Anthony Towns with, would also present an interesting option, though they’re not exactly considered a contender.
The Nets will have the ability to match any offer Russell receives, but they may not be motivated to do so if they sign Kyrie Irving and/or Kevin Durant. The Lakers have a need at point guard after trading Lonzo Ball as part of a package to land Anthony Davis, so a reunion makes plenty of sense
Russell had a breakout season with the Nets last year. He averaged a career-high 21.1 points and 7.0 assists per game and was named to his first All-Star team. All signs point to him at least entertaining the thought of a reunion now that Magic Johnson is no longer a part of LA’s front office, and something he said a couple years back makes it seem like the Lakers have assembled his dream roster.