Breaking news: There’s a strong possibility that the Warriors actually want their newest big acquisition for seasons beyond this one.
Their front-office leaders, Joe Lacob and Bob Myers both, are as smitten with him as any team that just selected a top-5 player in the draft. Myers has heard the assessments of his trade and they appear to grate on him. As a general rule, the usually placid general manager dislikes the focus on the future at the expense of the present. On July 15, Myers told attending media of Russell, “We didn’t sign him with the intention of trading him,” before launching into an exasperated aside on how he understands that the modern media must jump along to an assume otherwise, that we are always engaged in a game of “what’s next?”