D’Angelo Russell has been traded twice, so he insists he doesn't meet Thursday's NBA trading deadline.
The Knicks are among the teams interested in 23-year-old Russell, who suffered a 129: 88 loss to the Nets on Wednesday night after blockbuster trading with Golden State against the Nets last summer, Kevin Durant.
"I have no idea what the conversations are like. There is so much going on. You never know what to believe, ”said Russell after the game. "It's what it is. We'll see."
Nevertheless, the All-Star-Point Guard from 2019 also committed to New York fans. Russell received a hearty ovation during his first trip back to the Barclays Center when fans sang "Thanks, D-Lo" in the first quarter. The networks also played a video homage between the first and second quarters.
"If you've been in this situation many times, you know how to do it," said Russell, who was also traded by the Lakers to the Nets in 2017. At the end of the day, you can't really control it. It is what it is, it is what you do.
Post's Marc Berman reported that the Knicks will not part with their first round 2020 pick in any deal for Russell. The second overall selection of the 2015 draft is three years after it signed a four-year, $ 117 million contract last summer.
However, as Warriors coach Steve Kerr noted, "Russell wasn't tonight for our team tonight, although this was his only return here."
Minutes before the final whistle, Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III were announced to be inactive for the game. Later, they were traded to the 76ers before 3 p.m. on Thursday. Deadline. Kerr said his injured team was "definitely affected by the circumstances" and why he believed "we had hit it on the chin".
"Oh man, we were mixed up as a team. Boys who have been with us since training camp. You build a bond in this league. If it goes like this, we are human beings, so it is difficult to get out of there and escape, ”said Russell. "It's only low, it was a low moment.
"It’s part of the league’s business and we know that it’s brothers, not just people thrown around. No matter what the circumstances, you’re always happy to be with people you’re connected with, lose whatever it may be. "
Russell, who scored the best 23.6 points in his career per game on average, went through his own trading rumors. But he definitely appreciated the many chants of Brooklyn fans during the game.
"It was cool, man. Felt at home. You can always count on New York fans to be there, ”said Russell. "It was a fool. It was love. It felt like home again. The New York fans are incredible and I really appreciated it. "