D'Angelo Russell reportedly is the newest member of the Warriors, but for how long?
After Kevin Durant informed the Warriors that he would be leaving the Bay for the Nets, general manager Bob Myers sprung into action and orchestrated a sign-and-trade that send KD to Brooklyn in exchange for D'Angelo Russell.
While Russell is a solid young player and a controllable asset (he reportedly agreed to sign a four-year, $117 million contract), the New York Times' Marc Stein reported Monday that the Warriors eventually will trade Russell.
NBC Sports national NBA insider Tom Haberstroh, however, heard from league sources that the Dubs don't see Russell as a piece to be flipped after this season.
"Despite playing the same position as star point guard Stephen Curry, league sources shot down the notion that the Warriors aren't acquiring Russell purely as a temporary rental," Haberstroh said.
Russell doesn't appear to be an ideal system fit for the Warriors, but with Durant gone and Klay Thompson slated to spend at least half the season rehabbing his torn ACL, the Warriors needed to get Steph Curry some offensive help.
With Curry, Russell and Draymond Green, the Dubs should have enough to at least tread water in the Western Conference until Thompson returns sometime around March.
If the fit with Russell doesn't work out in the first year, there surely will be a number of teams -- including the Minnesota Timberwolves -- who would love to swing a trade for the blossoming young star.
For now, though, the Warriors' plan appears to be to keep Russell in the fold.