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Bob Myers addresses speculation Warriors will trade D'Angelo Russell

Bob Myers addresses speculation Warriors will trade D'Angelo Russell

Almost immediately after reports surfaced that the Warriors would acquire D'Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade with the Nets, people began predicting that the Dubs would eventually trade the All-Star guard elsewhere.

On Monday afternoon, Golden State general manager Bob Myers was asked about that narrative.

"I know it's been written and speculated and that's fine -- that's what everybody's job is to do," the two-time NBA Executive of the Year told reporters in Oakland. "We didn't sign him with the intention of just trading him.

"We haven't even seen him play in our uniform yet and a lot of people already have us trading him. That's not how we're viewing it."

Is it possible that the Warriors trade Russell down the line if they have the opportunity to acquire a bigger star (we are looking at you, Giannis Antetokounmpo)? Of course. But that isn't imminent.

In fact, CBA rules prohibit the Warriors from parting ways with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft until Dec. 15 at the earliest.

"Let's just see what we have. Let's see what he is. Let's see how he fits," Myers said. "Part of our job in the front office and the coaching staff and the organization is, 'How does it all work?' I don't blame anybody -- this is maybe fan-driven -- but so much of our sport at least is, 'What are you doing next?' We gotta figure out what we're doing now.

"And that applies to a guy like D'Angelo. We haven't even seen him play ... and we won't even know until Klay comes back how that fits. We're just happy that we got a young player that has a lot of upside in our opinion."

When Kevin Durant announced that he was going to sign with the Nets, the Warriors didn't want to lose KD without getting something in return.

So they agreed to send Brooklyn a 2020 first-round pick (top-20 protected), and also had to give up Andre Iguodala and a 2024 first-round pick (top-four protected) to make the financials work.

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If they didn't go this route, the Warriors' only path to acquiring someone like a 23-year-old All-Star would be by trading Klay Thompson or Draymond Green.

Now, Golden State has Steph Curry, Draymond, Klay and Russell under contract, and will be able to sign somebody really good next July using the $17 million trade exception created in the Iguodala deal.

As Myers said, "We're excited at the possibilities."

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr 'hopeful' Draymond Green will play vs. Jazz

Warriors coach Steve Kerr 'hopeful' Draymond Green will play vs. Jazz

Draymond Green's presence likely wouldn't have made a difference in the ultimate outcome of the Warriors' loss to the Mavericks on Wednesday, but it's hard to imagine them losing by 48 if he had played.

Now, as Golden State heads to Utah for the final game of its road trip, the Dubs have their fingers crossed that Green will be able to play against the Jazz on Friday.

"Hopefully we get Draymond back," coach Steve Kerr said on 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky" show Thursday evening. "We'll see. I talked to him today and he was feeling better, so I'm hopeful that he can play tomorrow."

Green sat out the loss to Dallas with right heel soreness. Whether or not he is able to face the Jazz, Kerr is of the belief that the Warriors will be far more competitive than they were the last time out.

"But I think the day off today will help, I think the embarrassment of last night will help, and we'll have a shootaround tomorrow and I think we'll be ready to play," he continued. "I know our guys were embarrassed last night. It was the first time all season where I really felt like we sort of lost our spirit and our energy, so I know we'll have that back tomorrow and I'm looking forward to playing."

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Utah (9-5) currently is tied for fifth in the Western Conference and boasts the league's best scoring defense. Against Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and Co., the Warriors can use all the help they can get, but at least if Green plays, the won't have to worry about the spirit and energy part.

Warriors broadcaster Jim Barnett describes racism Bill Russell faced

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Warriors broadcaster Jim Barnett describes racism Bill Russell faced

Warriors color commentator Jim Barnett has seen a lot during his time following the NBA, but perhaps what sticks out most were his experiences with Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell and the racism the Hall of Famer had to endure. 

During an appearance on the "Runnin' Plays" podcast, Barnett -- who was drafted and played one season in Boston -- shared a story about the time Russell was given a key to the city just before a game the Celtics played in a Southern state.

Following the game, the black players on the team were denied entry into a hotel because of the color of their skin. In response, Russell returned the key to the town's mayor. 

The scenario was just one of many for the prominently black Celtics of the 1960s, according to Barnett. 

"They didn't sell out in the Boston Garden," Barnett said on the first episode of "Runnin' Plays". "They sold out in the Boston Garden for the hockey team - the Boston Bruins - every game was sold out. But not the Boston Celtics. It was a racist town."  

The face of the team was Russell, who became a civil rights leader in his own right. In 1961, he staged a boycott of a game in Lexington, Ky. after a city restaurant wouldn't serve his black teammates. In 1966, he became the first black coach in the history of professional sports.

By 1967, he -- along with basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown -- led a summit to support boxer Muhammad Ali after he refused to fight in the Vietnam War.  

However, the climate of the time affected how Russell interacted with fans. 

"I remember one time, this businessman asked for an autograph," Barnett said. "He said, 'if I weren't Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics, I'd be just another N-word to him.' 

Barnett added that the NBA capped how many non-whites could be on an active roster. 

"There was a quota," Barnett said. "You couldn't have more than two or three blacks. I know that for a fact." 

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As for his interactions with Russell and his black teammates, Barnett -- a white man -- said he didn't have any quandaries working alongside his teammates. 

"We didn't have any problems," the guys I played with and against, they were there to make a living in the NBA just like I was and we were all the same."