Warriors’ president Bob Myers addresses D’Angelo Russell trade rumors

Bob Myers on D’Angelo Russell ‘We didn’t sign him with the intention of just trading him

Bob Myers on D’Angelo Russell ‘We didn’t sign him with the intention of just trading him

Durant told Myers he was ready for a new chapter after winning two championships in Golden State, hoping to do the same with the Nets after he recovers from his torn Achilles suffered during the National Basketball Association finals.

When Kevin Durant announced that he was going to sign with the Nets, the Warriors didn't want to lose KD without getting something in return. After years of enjoying the luxuries of an unprecedented, star-studded lineup, the Warriors will experience uncertainties at key spots in their rotation or as the rest of the league calls it: traditional team building. Just wanted to try something new and that's OK. "There was nothing wrong about it".

"That's not how we're viewing it. Let's just see what we have".

Durant accepted a four-year, $164 million free-agent deal from the Brooklyn Nets. Klay Thompson will likely miss most of the season recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) he suffered in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

"So much of our sport at least, maybe other sports, is what are you doing next?"

Myers said he is looking forward to seeing Durant back on the court whenever his recovery period is over. "I'm not gonna share all of the details, but I talked to him until I probably wasn't allowed to talk to him a few days later". The other thing is, I love basketball, so just to watch him play was a treat for me, just to watch him practice, to watch him work out. Guys like him don't come along too often and his skillset, his ability, is so unique.

Russell's name has been percolating in trade rumors with the speculation being the Warriors are willing to ship him for multiple assets to help in their reloading process.

Myers has heard the chatter and he said it is false. "We haven't been in this position for five years", Myers said.

"We haven't even seen him play in our uniform yet, and a lot of people have us already trading him", Myers continued.

Russell became an All-Star for the first time last season and averaged career highs in points (21.1) and assists (7.0) per game.

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