We’ll probably never know for sure if the plan all along was to ship D-Lo out of town before the trade deadline, but that isn’t important in the grand scheme.
What does matter, however, is this piece of information from Anthony Slater of The Athletic:
Voices that matter in the locker room soured on Russell as a long-term fit rather quickly. He wasn’t a disruptive personality, just not a beneficial component to a winning defense or a correct fit positionally, considering the two soon-to-return star guards are franchise pillars.
Let’s connect some dots.
«Watching him in practice yesterday, I told him, ‘Oh you showed me you can defend. I didn’t know you could. So that’s the expectation now. It’s interesting because you just never know what’s been asked of someone. You can easily judge a situation and say, ‘Oh man, he hasn’t really defended much,’ or, ‘He’s not that good on the defensive end.’
«But if he’s never been asked to defend, it’s kind of hard to make that judgment. Obviously, we’re going to ask him to defend. Yesterday, he was asked to defend and he showed that he can. I told him that’ll be the expectation moving forward.
«Sorry, buddy, you showed it.»
Furthermore, watch Draymond’s reaction here:
The unfortunate truth = this is the play that stands out in my mind the most when thinking about D’Angelo Russell’s time with the Warriors pic.twitter.com/iGj75SCWud
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) February 6, 2020
We won’t speculate any further and we aren’t trying to pile on Russell now that he has been traded.
Just doing some math over here and providing some context …
NBA rumors: Important Warriors voices quickly soured on D’Angelo Russell originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area