A reunion between the Lakers and former first-round draft pick D’Angelo Russell isn’t going to happen.  With the Lakers focused on signing Kawhi Leonard, the Warriors stepped in and acquired Russell in a sign-and-trade with the Nets. 

In order to clear the cap space necessary to pull off the Russell deal, Golden State had to unload some salaery.  They did so by trading Andre Iguodala to the Grizzlies.

The Warriors had to do something after they lost Kevin Durant to the Nets.  Russell isn’t on KD’s level by any means, but not many players are.  

Russell is a scorer who will help Stephen Curry put up points without KD and while Klay Thompson recovers from his ACL injury.

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