After failing to win their third consecutive NBA championship title, the Golden State Warriors took another huge blow when they lost one of their best players, Kevin Durant, in the 2019 NBA free agency period. Despite strong efforts from the Warriors to convince him to stay, Durant still ended up leaving Golden State to team up with Kyrie Irving on the Brooklyn Nets. Though they managed to acquire D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade deal with the Nets, the All-Star point guard is clearly an odd fit on the Warriors’ roster that has Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in their backcourt.
As of now, the popular belief around the league is that the Warriors will consider trading Russell once Thompson fully recovers from an injury. In his recent article, Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report created a list of blockbuster deals that could further shake up the power balance in the Eastern and Western Conferences. To help the Warriors achieve a balanced roster in the 2019-20 NBA season, Bailey suggested that they could engage in a trade negotiation with the Orlando Magic involving Russell.
In the proposed trade from Bleacher Report, the Warriors will be sending D’Angelo Russell to the Magic in exchange for Aaron Gordon and D.J. Augustin. Though the deal works financially, the Warriors and the Magic will still be needing to wait until mid-December to make trade since Russell just signed a new contract in the 2019 NBA free agency. If the trade becomes a reality, it will not only be beneficial for the Warriors but also for the Magic.