Hours after learning they would be losing Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets, the Golden State Warriors’ brass worked with Brooklyn on a sign-and-trade deal that allowed the team to acquire 23-year-old point guard D’Angelo Russell.

Russell was a restricted free agent coming off an All-Star season in which he averaged 21 points and seven assists per game. He is expected to sign a four-year, $117 million contract with the Warriors, and cannot be traded again until Dec. 15.

But who is D’Angelo Russell beyond just the numbers?

He went to high school in Florida and played one college season at Ohio State before getting drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the second pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

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The Lakers traded him to the Nets in the summer of 2017, and then-president of basketball operations Magic Johnson said Russell wasn’t enough of a “leader.”


“D’Angelo is an excellent player,” Johnson said. “He has the talent to be an All-Star. We want to thank him for what he did for us. But what I needed was a leader. I needed somebody also that can make the other players better and also [somebody] that players want to play with.”

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Russell went on to make the All-Star game in 2019, but was a casualty of the Nets’ decision to bring in Kyrie Irving to pair with Kevin Durant.

Click through the slideshow above for 10 things you probably didn’t know about D’Angelo Russell.

Eric Ting is an SFGATE staff writer. Email: [email protected] | Twitter:@_ericting

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