The Nets continue to surprise everyone this offseason with another unexpected move on Sunday night.
D'Angelo Russell is reportedly the crux of a sign-and-trade deal with the Warriors, reports The Athletic's Shams Charania. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski added the terms to the deal being four years, $117 million. The deal will also include G Shabazz Napier and F Treveon Graham from Brooklyn to Golden State.
The Nets extended a qualifying offer to Russell on Friday, as they looked forward to their splashes in the free agency pool. It was always expected that if the Nets landed Kyrie Irving, which they did along with Kevin Durant, that Russell's time in Brooklyn was over as SNY's Ian Begley has been reporting.
The Warriors were never a team rumored to be looking into Russell's market, as the Lakers were strong candidates for the dynamic point guard. However, with Klay Thompson's ACL injury that he sustained in the NBA Finals, the Warriors could be expecting him to be out for awhile.
Even so, signing Russell to a four-year deal shows Golden State's commitment in the 23-year-old that grew into a leader for the Nets last season. He became an All Star thanks to 21.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and seven assists per game with 1.2 steals and a 43.4 percent field goal percentage as well.
Russell's ability to work in the pick-and-roll game should definitely suit the Warriors' style of play. Golden State also traded away Andre Iguodala to the Grizzlies to dump the necessary salary needed to make the deal work.