In talking with ESPN’s Jalen Rose and Mike Greenberg Tuesday morning, D’Angelo Russell said he’s ready to welcome “with two arms” any free agents considering Brooklyn but under questioning, DLo acknowledged the NBA is a business and he could be traded ... as unlikely that sounds.
Greenberg gave Russell the opportunity to give his Nets recruiting pitch and answer the question: why do these guys (high market free agents) want to come play with him in Brooklyn?
“I mean we understand its a business,” said Russell. “I got to be in Brooklyn to recruit someone to be in Brooklyn. I think that with the situation that we have with the young talent and like I said, we surprised a lot of people this year with the play that we have and I think we have a great situation for anybody to come in and be open with two arms.”
When asked if he thought he could be traded for a bigger star before Thursday’s trade deadline, DLo essentially declined to comment. Russell told Rose and Greenberg, that he understands the NBA is a business and how that trade made him realize how the league works and it takes a couple years to understand the league and how to prepare yourself for that.
“I mean i think it’s something you have to understand what you’re doing when you sign up for this. I never, back in my younger days, you don’t know what you’re signing up for,” he told them. “When you come in, it’s almost like you have a bandanna on your eyes you don’t really know until you get a few years under your belt you kinda know what you’re preparing yourself for.”
Since the Nets and Russell did not come to a rookie extension deal back in October, the Nets guard is set to become a restricted free agent this summer. Again, Russell said he doesn’t know what’s going to happen.
The Nets All-Star knows exactly what it feels like to be dealt. He was traded to the Nets back in June of 2017 after Magic Johnson, President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, decided he did not fit the direction of the organization.
Now, he is an all-star. He’s gone from being a player with talent to be an all-star, as Magic Johnson put it, to now an All-Star. Russell talked about what it means to be named an All-Star considering everything he has went through to get to that point.
“Its big time. God is good and I feel like there’s no other way you can silence critics or whatever you want to say. You say you don’t care about it but at the end of the day I can’t change their opinion on things so it good to have my feet in that game.”
Russell then commented on whether he cares if he was the last pick or the first pick in the upcoming All-Star game. Spoiler, he does not care when he gets picked. He’s just happy he is in the Game.
“I’m going to give it to you as real as it gets. I don’t care about none of that. I am in there.”
Now an All-Star, it is clear as day, he said. People are starting to notice he is becoming a big deal and starting to notice his play.
“I mean I see it from a mile away. That’s the best thing i can ask for being able to be prepared for whatever situation i’m going into. Now you’re an All-Star, you got to carry yourself with a different charisma and i did not know that coming into the league as a young player.
“I give a lot of credit to the Nets organization.”