If the Warriors decide to investigate the market, some league executives believe it's not unreasonable to think the Warriors could get another first-round pick plus a quality role player for Russell, especially if they're able to construct a deal where they take back salary. It probably will be hard for the Warriors to take back salary because of the hard-cap situation, but they do have a little wiggle room at their disposal. Russell can't be traded until Dec. 15, and it's possible that the Warriors won't even consider parting ways with him until they find out in mid-May where their first-round pick lands in the lottery (yes, we are assuming that Golden State ultimately will keep the top-20 protected first-rounder they sent to Brooklyn in the Russell-Kevin Durant sign-and-trade).