Warriors Pair D'Angelo Russell with Stephen Curry Until Klay Thompson Returns

July 01, 2019 - 12:04 pm

The Brooklyn Nets wasted no time finding a new home for D'Angelo Russell.

Hours after landing Kevin Durant and reportedly Kyrie Irving in free agency, the Nets agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that will send Russell, who became suddenly expendable in Brooklyn, to the Golden State Warriors, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday night. Wojnarowski also reported the Warriors would trade three-time champion and NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies with a protected 2024 first-round draft pick.

Russell, a 23-year-old point guard, will sign a four-year, $117 million maximum contract with the Warriors, the report said.

It was not immediately clear what Brooklyn is getting back in the deal, but The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that the Nets were discussing sending guards Treveon Graham and Shabazz Napier to the Warriors.



Russell enjoyed a breakout, All-Star season in 2018-19, averaging 21.1 points and 7.0 rebounds while leading the Nets to their first playoff appearance in four years. He will be the newest Splash Brother in Golden State until Klay Thompson returns from ACL rehab sometime next season after signing Thompson to a max contract.