Walker Russell Rumors

Walker D. Russell Jr., a 29-year-old rookie who has seen plenty of career crossroads, faces another next week. At the very least, he has caused the Detroit Pistons to pause and think. At issue is next week’s Feb. 10 deadline for NBA teams to release players with non-guaranteed contracts, like Russell, or guarantee their contracts for the rest of the season. Russell, whose father was a Piston, took a long road to get here on a Jan. 20 call-up from the D-League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants, and he doesn’t want to leave now.
The NBA Development League likes to tout that it’s the fastest way to get to the NBA and, on Thursday night, that motto proved true. The Detroit Pistons decided to make their first first foray into the D-League, according to a source close to the situation, when they decided to call-up Walker Russell from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Russell is no stranger to the Pistons organization as he spent training camp with them this season, but it’s been a long time coming for the 6-foot point guard as this his first in-season NBA opportunity after spending parts of five seasons — dating back to 2006 — in the D-League.