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In true Hollywood fashion, the Los Angeles Lakers sent shockwaves through the NBA with a pre-draft trade, garnering polarizing reaction from Lakers and NBA fans alike. Trading D’Angelo Russell opens a spot for Lonzo Ball, gets rid of Timofey Mosgov’s contract and provides more cap space for future free agents. However, D’Angelo Russell was the Lakers best player last year, and is still improving. What do you think? 🏀

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D’Angelo Russell was supposed to be the next Laker star after being drafted with the No. 2 overall pick in 2015. However, with slow feet and offensive defensive abilities, the writing was on the wallRussell was not going to be the player to bring the Lakers back to championship form. Los Angeles saw an opportunity, and made the right move trading Russell.

Russell is a good player, but the assets the Lakers received put the team in a far better position. Los Angeles received Brook Lopez, an All-Star center who was languishing with the Brooklyn Nets, still very much in his prime. More importantly, the Lakers got rid of one of the worst contracts ever, dumping Timofey Mosgov’s four-year, $64 million contract on the Netsand picking up Lopez’s contract that expires at the end of 2018. 

Throw in the No. 27 overall pick, hopefully to entice the Indiana Pacers to trade Paul George, and you have a team looking ready to play for the present and preparing well for the future.

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Say what you will about D’Angelo Russell’s locker room acumen, there is no denying the kid is competitor. At 20 years old, he was the Lakers best player, and a baller who looked ready to take the next step to become the franchise star.

Developing talent takes patience, and Lakers look like they’re panickinggiving away young talent for the something that hasn’t materialized. Trading Russell, still with franchise star potential, should’ve fetched a lot more than a center who can’t rebound, and a late-round pick. The Lakers are giving up way too much, all for a gamble that LeBron James wants to play for them. 

Paul George would be a great step in the right direction, but without young talent to further boost the Lakers bench for James, they are hurting their chances more than helping. Moving Russell was the wrong move.

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Will the Los Angeles Lakers regret trading D’Angelo Russell?
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#RussellWasTheFuture