The Brooklyn Nets are on the verge of finalizing a deal to send D’Angelo Russell to the Golden State Warriors.
The Brooklyn Nets are doing right by D’Angelo Russell. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Nets and Golden State Warriors are finalizing a sign-and-trade that will send Russell to the Bay Area.
This move was unexpected, to say the least. The Nets will also send Treveon Graham and Shabazz Napier to the Warriors.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Russell is signing a four-year, $114 million contract to join the Splash Bros in California. In order to clear the necessary salary cap space to acquire Russell, the Warriors are sending former Finals MVP Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies per Wojnarowski.
Not to mention, Klay Thompson recently agreed to a full five-year max extension. It’s unclear how the Warriors will proceed next summer when Draymond Green becomes an unrestricted free agent.
The Warriors will feature Stephen Curry and Russell in the backcourt next season with Thompson working his way back from an ACL tear. That is a backcourt with unreal explosiveness. Curry and Thompson could go down as the two best shooters in the history of the NBA and Russell is no slouch himself. He finished last season shooting a career-high 36.9% from three-point range on 7.8 attempts per game.
Thus far, NBA free agency has lived up to the hype. The Brooklyn Nets are the main story for acquiring Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but a ton of teams improved in subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways.
The 2019-20 season should be wide open, but the Warriors are clearly looking to keep their heads above water with this aggressive move to acquire Russell.