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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How to watch "Race and Sports in America: Conversations" online, on TV

How to watch "Race and Sports in America: Conversations" online, on TV

There's a movement taking place in this country right now.

The voices of Black athletes are being heard loud and clear. They want change, and they want it now.

Athletes like Warriors superstar Steph Curry are using their platforms to push for racial and social equality. But it all starts with tough conversations. The message needs to be heard.

On Monday, Curry will take part in a wide-range discussion on an NBC Sports' special, "Race and Sports in America: Conversations."

In addition to Curry, the conversation will feature Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, World Series champion and Oakland native Jimmy Rollins, Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, former tennis star James Blake and golfer Troy Mullins.

“We have to continue to double down and keep people accountable in all walks of life, all industries, all forms of leadership, the judicial system," Curry said. "And hopefully for my kids’ generation, their kids, we will see change.”

Here's how to watch "Race in America and Sports: Conversations."

When: Monday, July 13, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports Bay Area
Stream: NBCSports.com

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Warriors' Steve Kerr shares nickname for proposed second NBA 'bubble'

Warriors' Steve Kerr shares nickname for proposed second NBA 'bubble'

The Warriors might end up going to Chicago in September, as the NBA is exploring a second "bubble" for the eight teams who are not a part of the resumed season in Orlando.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr has a nickname for the proposed event.

"I call it the 'JV Bubble,' " Kerr said on the most recent episode of his "Flying Coach" podcast.

You probably are aware that "JV" is short for "junior varsity."

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So what are the Warriors doing in the meantime?

"Right now we have our young players coming in -- working out individually," Kerr explained. "One player, one coach at our facility in San Francisco.

"No team activities are allowed at this point."

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If the Warriors end up participating in the "JV Bubble," it's all but certain that players like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins will not attend.

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