The Golden State Warriors are entering next season without as much hype as they have maintained the past five years. After superstar Kevin Durant bolted to join the Brooklyn Nets, the Warriors negotiated a sign-and-trade, allowing them to acquire point guard D'Angelo Russell in an effort to beef up the roster.
That left many NBA fans and analysts scratching their collective heads, considering Russell, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson are all guards.
Head coach Steve Kerr shut down any speculation about his potential starting lineup, insisting that all three could play together once Thompson returns from his ACL tear.
"First, just having a guy who can get you 20 points a night — especially with Klay out for most of the regular season — that’s a huge luxury. The biggest thing will be playing on and off the ball. D’Angelo is a great pick-and-roll player, obviously so is Steph, they’re going to both start in the backcourt together," said Kerr, via RealGM.com.
Once the sign-and-trade became official, reports indicated that the Warriors could try and flip Russell to another team. However, The Athletic shut down those reports, saying the Warriors were fully intent on having a big three in their starting lineup, where Russell can learn from Thompson and Curry once the Dubs' pair reunites.
Of course, this starting lineup won't come to fruition until at least the second half of next season, as Thompson is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Let's face it, the NBA has become more position-less in recent years, so Kerr starting three similar players isn't exactly inconceivable.