Golden State can still do a few things after Thursday - they can waive players, sign 10-day contracts, and convert the two-way deals of Ky Bowman and Marquese Chriss - but they can’t do anything of substance.
So, with just 24 hours left to work the lines, let’s check in on what’s going on with both the Warriors, and the league at large.
A rare four-team swap
On Tuesday, it was rumored that the Minnesota Timberwolves were trying to accomplish a four-team trade that involved the Warriors, as they hoped they could land D’Angelo Russell.
They ultimately decided they couldn’t, but were still able to pull of the rare four-team trade, involving the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, and Denver Nuggets.
Here are the particulars:
Received: Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, Jarred Vanderbilt, Evan Turner, Brooklyn’s 2020 first-round pick (from Atlanta)
Gave up: Robert Covington, Keita Bates-Diop, Shabazz Napier, Noah Vonleh, Jordan Bell
Received: Clint Capela, Nene
Gave up: Evan Turner, Brooklyn’s 2020 first-round pick, Golden State’s 2024 second-round pick
Received: Robert Covington, Jordan Bell, Golden State’s 2024 second-round pick (from Atlanta)
Gave up: Clint Capela, Gerald Green, 2020 first-round pick
Received: Keita Bates-Diop, Noah Vonleh, Gerald Green, Shabazz Napier, Houston’s 2020 first-round pick
Gave up: Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, Jarred Vanderbilt
Whew! Look at all those moves that mostly don’t do that much.
D’Angelo Russell likely staying put
Minnesota acquiring an additional first-round draft pick without giving up any of their own gives them extra ammo in their pursuit of Russell. But it seems blatantly clear at this point that Golden State isn’t particularly interested in such offerings.
And so it would seem that the Russell trade talks will be shelved until the upcoming offseason.
Golden State is moving on from D’Angelo Russell conversations with Minnesota at this juncture, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Warriors have been clear with Minnesota on price point — and Timberwolves, to this point, are not willing to meet it.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 5, 2020
The New York Knicks also continue to blow up Bob Myers’ phone, but, not surprisingly, they don’t seem too have much that would tempt the Warriors.
The New York Knicks continue to pursue Warriors' star D'Angelo Russell, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. So far, Knicks haven't offered packages that would close gap on Golden State's price point.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 5, 2020
All quiet on the wing front
Usually there is a flurry of deals in the last hour or two before the deadline. And it seems likely that the Warriors will be involved in some of them.
I would still expect Alec Burks to be wearing a different jersey later in the week, but for now, there aren’t any rumors or reports involving Burks or Glenn Robinson III.
That will likely change, but for now, all is quiet.
Jordan Bell on the move
Former Warriors big man Jordan Bell is on the move. After signing with the Timberwolves over the offseason, Bell was included in yesterday’s four-team trade, and will now be playing in enemy territory: Houston.
Bell never received much of an opportunity with the Wolves, despite Minnesota being horrible, but he might get some run with the Rockets. Houston will be starting a small ball lineup with PJ Tucker at the 5, but they’ll presumably need to play some traditional big men every now and again, and Bell just might be their only option in that department.
That’s all the news for now. Expect that to change soon, though.