The Warriors’ recent run of success wasn’t the only thing that made Golden State an attractive destination for D’Angelo Russell.
Russell, who was an All-Star with the Nets last season, said weather was a factor in choosing the Warriors over the Timberwolves as a restricted free agent after going through a New York winter.
“I thought the opportunity here [in Minnesota] was amazing,” Russell said earlier this month, according to the Star Tribune. “It was definitely something I was considering very strongly. But then when this opportunity came, the weather is way better, so that helped me.”
Russell, 23, wasn’t going to be able to stay in Brooklyn after the Nets landed Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in big-money deals, and he may not have wanted to stay regardless.
“I did my first winter in New York and that was tough,” said Russell, who got a four-year, $117 million deal from the Warriors in a sign-and-trade for Durant. “So to get the opportunity to go somewhere where it’s warm again, I think that played a major part in my plan.”