Just five and a half hours after NBA free agency began, former Ohio State star D’Angelo Russell learned that he would be playing in the city by the bay as a member of the Golden State Warriors when the 2019-20 NBA season begins.
With the Brooklyn Nets signing Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and DeAndre Jordan, there wasn’t room left for the Nets’ newly minted all-star. So, Brooklyn agreed to sign Russell to a four-year, $117m max contract and to then trade him to the Warriors.
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.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019
The deal between the Nets and Warriors reportedly will also include Treveon Graham and Shabazz Napier. To make the salary cap math work, Golden State is also reportedly trading former Finals MVP Andre Iguodala and a 2024 first-round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies.
With Russell joining Stephen Curry in the Warriors’ new home in San Francisco, they will obviously be without Durant, and Klay Thompson will be rehabbing a torn ACL to start the season.