NBA rumors: Warriors won't shop D'Angelo Russell before trade deadline


If you're a Warriors fan and are hoping D'Angelo Russell gets traded before the Feb. 6 deadline, you won't like the latest intel.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe discussed D-Lo's situation with Golden State on Sunday.

Wojnarowski: "If you are going to move D'Angelo Russell, it is in a big deal. To me, a scenario where he could move is (with) that number one pick. The Warriors could have the No. 1 overall pick -- you got to see where it is.

"He's not available, (but) that would be like a Bradley Beal level player. You're (the Wizards) getting a potential cornerstone pick and a 23-year-old All-Star. I think there are very few scenarios in the league where that's available to them (the Warriors).

"It doesn't make much sense for Golden State to be out there canvassing the league. Wait until the season's over, see what it looks like. I know this -- they're not going to be making calls on D'Angelo Russell. People may call them.

"I think D'Angelo is playing this season, at the very least, and maybe even beyond in Golden State. He's still a very valuable asset."

Lowe: "There's a healthy debate within the league about whether D'Angelo Russell has positive or negative trade value on that max contract. The bottom line is, D'Angelo plus whatever that pick ends up being -- that's where you let the playoffs play out and see if they create a new star that wants out or a new situation goes haywire.

"And whatever the best deal for D'Angelo Russell that exists now or in February, will be there again in the summer. There's no rush to do this."

Correct. Totally agree. Yes sir, correct and correct again.

Unless a team makes an offer they simply can't pass up, the Warriors should wait until the NBA Draft Lottery in mid-May determines their draft position.

The Dubs (5-23) currently have the worst record in the league. If they finish the season in that spot, they would have a 14 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick, and automatically would get a top-five selection.

To Lowe's point about a star demanding a trade -- if the Bucks lose earlier than expected and Giannis Antetokounmpo declines the supermax, Milwaukee could be forced to trade the Greek Freak. If that comes to fruition, the Warriors need to have as many assets as possible at their disposal.

Likewise, what if Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons demand a trade from Philadelphia? Are your wheels spinning yet?

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Almost anything is possible in today's NBA, and the Warriors want to be ready to strike if and when an opportunity presents itself.

And finally -- just because it sounds like Golden State won't be making a blockbuster move in the near future, that doesn't mean the front office won't be looking to execute some smaller trades.

As we discussed last week, don't be surprised if the Warriors make a series of moves to avoid paying the luxury tax this season. If they duck below the tax threshold before July 1, tens of millions of dollars would be saved.

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