Russell will sign a four-year, $117 million contract with the Warriors as part of a sign-and-trade with the Nets, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Russell put together a breakout 2018-2019 campaign with Brooklyn, pouring in 21.1 points while registering seven assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals over 81 games. He figures to have plenty of opportunities to put up similar numbers this year alongside Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. This move figures to provide the Warriors with a huge boost, as Klay Thompson (knee) isn't expected to return to the court until February or March of 2020.
Russell was extended a qualifying offer from the Nets, making him a restricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. There are swirling rumors that the Nets and Kyrie Irving have a mutual interest -- a scenario which would likely result in Brooklyn letting Russell walk. Still, Kyrie to the Nets is far from a done deal, so the front office won't take any chances, opting to make Russell a restricted free agent.
Russell was cited for marijuana possession at LaGuardia airport in New York on Wednesday night, A.J. Perez of USA Today reports. Russell has received a summons to appear in court for the incident. According to the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, Russell will be required to enter the league's marijuana program if he "has been convicted of (including a plea of guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to) the use or possession of marijuana in violation of the law." Aside from that, it's unlikely the league will hand down any additional discipline.
Russell totaled 21 points (6-19 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 5-5 FT), seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block over 37 minutes in the Nets' loss to the 76ers on Saturday. Russell has a productive night on Saturday, but his team ultimately fell to Philadelphia to send the Nets to a 3-1 hole in the series. Russell has added a stellar postseason to top off his remarkable regular season. In four games in the playoffs, he's averaged 22.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals.
Russell collected 26 points (12-26 FG, 2-9 3Pt), four rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 30 minutes during Thursday's 131-115 Game 3 loss to the 76ers. Russell has racked up exactly 26 points in two of the first three games here in the playoffs. However, he has logged more turnovers (11) than assists (nine), and this is the first time in the series that he has connected on better than 40 percent of his field goal attempts. Russell will look to take better care of possession and try to help his team even the series during Saturday's Game 4.
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