The Golden State Warriors and Brooklyn Nets have agreed on a sign-and-trade deal that will send point guard D’Angelo Russell to the Warriors, who will send Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources told ESPN.
Russell will receive a four-year, $117 million maximum contract, league sources said. The 23-year-old no longer fit on the Nets after they landed a commitment from Kyrie Irving on Sunday. League sources told ESPN that Irving will sign with Brooklyn on a four-year deal worth up to $141 million.
As part of the Iguodala trade, the Warriors are also sending a protected first-round pick to the Grizzlies.
Russell enjoyed a breakout fourth NBA season, putting up the type of numbers many expected when the Lakers took him No. 2 overall in the 2015 NBA draft.
The point guard helped lead Brooklyn to 42 wins while making his All-Star Game debut. He did so by averaging career bests in points (21.1 per game) and assists (7.0) as the Nets reached the playoffs for the first time since 2015.
He made 234 3-pointers, the most in a season in Nets history. And according to Second Spectrum data, the Nets set 3,225 picks with Russell as the ball handler, which trailed only Trae Young and Kemba Walker for most in the NBA.
But Russell offered more to the Nets than just numbers. Teammates and coach Kenny Atkinson alike lauded him for his leadership, improved conditioning and professional approach to the game.
Russell had said his desire was to remain in Brooklyn, but after the Nets were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Philadelphia 76ers, he acknowledged much of what happened in the offseason was out of his control.
“I definitely want to be here,” he told reporters. “But I also know it’s a business, too. So I’m not going to play that role like I don’t know what could possibly happen.”
Russell has career averages of 16.5 points and 5.1 rebounds, while shooting 41.9% from the field and 35.3% from 3-point range over four NBA seasons.