The NBA free agency is around the corner, with the hype increasing as the days go by and fans anxious to know what is going to happen from June 30 onwards. The Los Angeles Lakers are going to be one of the teams with the most interest to see how the free agency is going to be developed, but not because they have a huge budget to spend this summer.
In fact, the Lakers are going to find out how their roster will look like ahead of next season. They will be waiting for Kyrie Irving to leave Boston, but not because of the long-time rivalry between the two franchises, but because if Irving lands in Brooklyn, that would force the Nets to move on from D’Angelo Russell so they can take advantage of that and bring the point guard back to L.A, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“The Lakers now at this point are rooting for Kyrie Irving to go to Brooklyn,” Wojnarowski said Tuesday on ESPN. “Because then Brooklyn renounces D’Angelo Russell, who is a restricted free agent. He becomes unrestricted and then the Lakers could sign Russell as their third star in LA. And they get back a much more mature, polished player, who’s been an All-Star, whose put a team into the postseason.”
Russell was originally drafted by the Lakers back in 2015 with the 2nd overall pick, but following a disciplinary incident, former Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson decided to send him to the Nets, in a trade that brought Brook Lopez and Kyle Kuzma to Staples Center.
Ever since that, D’Lo has been improving his game and last season was the ultimate sample of that. He averaged career-high 21.1 points and 7.0 assists per game, earning his first All-Star call and a nomination for the Most Improved Player award.
The Lakers without any hesitation would love to have Russell back within their roster and pair him up with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. If the move actually goes through, we’ll be in front of an instant contender to the title.