NBA rumors: Warriors 'listening to pitches' for D'Angelo Russell trade

NBA rumors: Warriors 'listening to pitches' for D'Angelo Russell trade

Will the Warriors hold on to guard D'Angelo Russell or will they deal him before Thursday's NBA trade deadline?

Until the deadline comes and goes, there will be plenty of rumors.

The latest comes from The New York Times' Marc Stein, who reported Sunday night, citing sources, that the Warriors are "listening to pitches" for Russell.

Stein's reporting comes on the heels of league sources telling NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole last week that the Warriors will trade Russell, just not before Thursday's deadline.

“It’s possible, but I think they’re smart enough to wait until summer to get serious,” one league source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Friday.

“Doubt it,” said another. “The only way it happens is if the Warriors get nervous and accelerate their plan. The old Warriors might have done that. I don’t see these guys doing that?”

The Warriors would be wise to wait until the offseason to trade Russell so they can see where their first-round draft pick lands. If it is a top-3 pick, they can try to package Russell and the pick for a better return.

Plus, removing Russell from the current rotation would leave the Warriors without a true No. 1 scoring option, unless they get an established player in return.

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Of course, if a team overwhelms the Warriors between now and Thursday, they would have to listen and possibly consider accepting the trade.

We'll find out in four days which way the Warriors go.

Warriors' Rick Welts only has one box score framed in his office

Warriors' Rick Welts only has one box score framed in his office

Rick Welts has seen a lot of basketball over the years. But one single performance stands out above the rest.

The Warriors' team president and chief operating officer was asked Wednesday morning on 95.7 The Game: "Quarantine game -- if you're stuck indoors for a full year, one TV, one game playing on a loop, 24/7, 365 -- what game is Rick Welts taking?"

The Hall of Famer provided a definitive answer:

"Let's see. Michael Jordan. Magic Johnson. Larry Bird. Actually not even a close call for me. I only have one box score framed in my office -- if I ever get to see my office again -- and that's Klay's 37-point quarter. Without a doubt -- the most amazing thing I've ever seen on a basketball court.

"I could never get tired of watching it. He was out of his mind. I'm not sure we'll ever see anything like that again. And the crowd was a big part of it because he reacted every time the crowd reacted. Our bench was insane.

"Everybody in the building knew they were seeing history being made."

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In the third quarter of the Warriors' win over the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 23, 2015, Klay Thompson went 13-for-13 overall, 9-for-9 from deep and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

Very good choice, Mr. Welts.

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What sporting event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

What sporting event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

Warriors rookie Jordan Poole has many interests outside of basketball.

If you follow him on Instagram, you know that he loves cats.

The 20-year-old enjoys watching movies and TV shows, and generally considers himself a homebody.

Poole also likes other sports, and when Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group asked him which canceled or postponed sporting events he is going to miss, the Michigan product provided an answer that might surprise you.

"I love watching the college World Series, I definitely like watching softball as well," he said. "March Madness was going to be cool of course, but that’s basketball. The college World Series is something sports-related that I was really looking forward to."

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How did Poole get into college baseball?

"I would watch the games when we were in school (at Michigan), go support my guys on the team, but I was really locked into the World Series," he answered. "Those games get pretty rowdy."

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Last year, Michigan reached the College World Series for the first time since 1984.

The Wolverines advanced all the way to the championship best-of-three series -- winning Game 1 before dropping the next two to Vanderbilt.

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