Published: Tue, July 02, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kevin Durant & Kyrie Irving Signed With Brooklyn & Stephen A Smith Shat Himself

Kevin Durant & Kyrie Irving Signed With Brooklyn & Stephen A Smith Shat Himself

To clear space for Russell's four-year, $117 million contract, Golden State is dealing Andre Iguodala and a draft pick to Memphis. The reigning Western Conference champions are going to look a lot different at the start of next season, and even more big moves could be on the horizon for Golden State.

The move comes following Kevin Durant's decision to sign with the Brooklyn Nets on a four-year, $164 million deal, with Kyrie Irving's arrival in Brooklyn on a four-year, $141 million deal paving the way for Russell's departure.

"D'Angelo Russell does not fit there whatsoever", said Marc Stein of the New York Times on the Dan Patrick Show. Stephen Curry has three seasons left on a five-year, $201 million contract.

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Golden State is giving out a good amount of assets in hopes of yielding something out of Durant's loss, banking on Russell having enough value to potentially make a good flip down the road. The Warriors are over the cap and can not sign Russell outright, so it must be structured by them acquiring him via sign-and-trade.

What does acquiring someone by sign-and-trade do for the Warriors? He averaged 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 68 games this past season, his sixth with the Warriors. Once Thompson is close to returning, however, it appears like Golden State will explore moving Russell.

Iguodala joined the Warriors in 2013 and was named the NBA Finals MVP en route to the Warriors' first championship win in the 2014-15 season.

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