The Golden State Warriors, mired in the middle of a horrible season after their dynasty officially broke up last year, have a potential gold mine in star point guard D'Angelo Russell, who has drawn interest on the trade market.
The trade rumors around Russell are continuing to gain steam now that he has been ruled out for Golden State's game Monday against the Washington Wizards with a quad bruise. Jacob Evans will start in his place.
Russell is averaging 23.8 points per game this season, he's only 23 years old, and he will be under team control for the next three seasons. Talk about an ideal asset for a rebuilding team to acquire.
The New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves have been mentioned as potential landing spots for the former Ohio State star, but that is unlikely to happen after the Knicks presented the Warriors with an awful trade package and the Timberwolves refused to part with their first round pick.
Russell is an All-Star level point guard that can still score at will in this league, but isn't the most natural fit in Golden State due to the logjam he could create once Klay Thompson and Steph Curry return from injury.
His absence from Monday night's clash only stands to further fuel the rumors linking him with a move out of The Bay, and it's something just about every NBA fan will be monitoring as the deadline looms.