Warriors Notes: Trades, Russell, Looney

Draymond Green admits that the vibe in the locker room in Golden State is different this year because of the trade deadline. There’s a bit of angst among the Warriors‘ players, as he told Hoops Rumors and other media members recently.

“It’s not something that we focus on but we’re all realistic,” Green said. “We understand this business and what could possibly happen.”

D’Angelo Russell, who is being pursued by the Timberwolves,  and Alec Burks, who has drawn interest from the Mavericks, are among the Warriors who could be dealt prior to the trade deadline. Here’s more from Golden State:

  • Russell hears the trade chatter and isn’t letting it faze him, as Anthony Slater of The Athletic relays. “It bothered me when we were further away from [the deadline],” Russell said. “But when we’re closer to it really happening, I’m numb to it. I’m just expecting a phone call. Let me know. … I’m just ready for whatever happens.”
  • The Warriors turned down a Kevin Knox-based package for Russell from the Knicks, according to Brandon Robinson of Heavy.com (Twitter link). Golden State would have wanted Mitchell Robinson and a future unprotected first-rounder for the former All-Star.
  • Kevon Looney, who returned to the court on the Warriors’ current road trip, says he just wants to “get back to feeling like an athlete again” after an injury-plagued season, as Slater relays in a separate piece. While he could be traded before Thursday, Looney hopes to be part of Golden State’s future and prove that he’s worth the three-year, $15MM contract that he inked during the offseason. “You get paid and you want to prove your worth,” Looney said. “You want to show the team they made a smart investment in you.”

 

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15 thoughts on “Warriors Notes: Trades, Russell, Looney

    • hiflew

      It was sort of expected based on the amount of player movement that happened this off season. The only players left unmoved are the ones with some combination of serious flaws, expensive contracts, bad attitudes, or just bad fits in general.

  1. funny reading these rumors. There is no way the warriors want Wiggins. He would be a high price bench player for the warriors. Covington is no D’lo. They have plenty of those type players. Kerr said the warriors are looking for a big center. They can wait if no good offers for D’lo.

    • Theone23

      Exactly. Good points here. GR3, Paschall, Damion Lee are all basically Covington without the longevity. Good chance one of those becomes at least as effective as Covington currently is. Warriors are doing the correct thing by listening as their in no harm in that’s but realistically unless they are absolutely blown away by an offer (ie Mitch Robinson a couple of unprotected firsts) it makes no sense for them to move Russell and makes all the sense in the world to wait until the summer.

      • More likely Burks is traded for a 2nd round pick and maybe some salary relief. I rather keep d’lo than get high priced bench players. GR3 is doing as well as Covington so why not just keep the lower price player.

      • x%sure

        Key phrase “blown away by an offer”. Everyone is waiting until the 6th for the best offer but I’m not sure there will be many that’s firm. Probably, mostly smaller deals for salary reductions.

        I think Chicago will deal and HR reports a Clipper expectation. Memphis has already conceded the Ig cost and may not want to help teams in LA or Texas.

        • Warriors need a big center. they struggle when they go against bigger teams. That is why they are holding out on a trade. They want to flip what they get for a good tall center that can protect the rim. If they get stuck with a large contract like Wiggins it could put the team back a few years.

        • Warriors need a big center. they struggle when they go against bigger teams. That is why they are holding out on a trade. They want to flip what they get for a good tall center that can protect the rim. If they get stuck with a large contract like Wiggins it could put the team back a few years.

      • Warriors don’t need to offer much they have 2 all stars back next season to go along with green, pascal, and their #1 pick. Burks, RG3 and looney have all been asked for in trades by other teams.

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