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The Golden State Warriors are acquiring All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade arrangement with the Brooklyn Nets, according to Shams Charania of Stadium.
The Warriors will also acquire Treveon Graham and Shabazz Napier from the Nets, Charania reported.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the deal was actually a sign and trade that involved Kevin Durant, who signed with the Nets in free agency.
The Warriors will also send a future first-rounder to the Nets, Wojnarowski added.
In order to make room for Russell, the Warriors are trading veteran swingman and 2005 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala to the Grizzlies.
Russell apparently agreed to a four-year deal worth $117 million. He was a free agent after a banner season with the Nets, in which he was part of a younger core that advanced to the playoffs and showed promise.
But the Nets opted to bring in big-time stars in Durant and Kyrie Irving, leaving Russell without a spot. He will now get a chance to keep winning big alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green with the Warriors — who have reached the NBA Finals five straight years and won three championships in that span.
Russell has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves before the trade. He will likely start right away, as Thompson is expected to miss the majority of next season after suffering a torn ACL in the Finals.
Russell is 6-foot-5 and was the second overall pick by the Lakers out of Ohio State in 2015. He averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists in 81 games this past regular seaso