The Golden State Warriors may have failed to re-sign Kevin Durant, but they didn’t lose him in the 2019 NBA free agency without getting anything in return. In a sign-and-trade deal that sent Durant to the Brooklyn Nets, the Warriors acquired All-Star point guard D’Angelo Russell. The arrival of Russell is expected to fill the void Durant left on the offensive end of the floor, but with the emergence of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the Warriors backcourt, there is a huge question regarding his fit in Golden State.
Though he already inked a new contract, rumors continue to circulate that the Warriors will trade D’Angelo Russell once Klay Thompson fully recovers from an injury. According to a previous Inquisitr article, even Russell is aware of the possibility that his stint with the Warriors may not last long. If the Warriors are planning to trade Russell, Brad Botkin of CBS Sportssuggested that they could target Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“If the Golden State Warriors end up moving D’Angelo Russell (who we’ll get to), Love would be a good positional fit next to Draymond Green and Kevon Looney, who could cover for his defensive weaknesses while Love at least somewhat replaces the lost Kevin Durant firepower.”
Kevin Love may not be on the level of Kevin Durant, but there is no doubt that he is a better fit for the Warriors than D’Angelo Russell. Love would give the Warriors an All-Star caliber big man who can play both the center and power forward positions and shoot the ball from the three-point range.