When the Golden State Warriors acquired D'Angelo Russell via a four-year, $117 million sign-and-trade, many went on record expecting him to eventually be traded for a player that fits better with their existing roster.

"There’s a strong possibility that the Warriors actually want their newest big acquisition for seasons beyond this one," writes Ethan Strauss on The Athletic. "Their front-office leaders, Joe Lacob and Bob Myers both, are as smitten with him as any team that just selected a top-5 player in the draft."

Strauss also writes that the Warriors have consistently signaled they didn't acquire Russell to merely trade him at a later date.

"After doing a little digging, I’ve come to buy the Warriors front office on this one," writes Strauss. "I believe that the Warriors’ public messaging actually matches their private beliefs."