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The Los Angeles Lakers are all-in on maximizing their window with LeBron James. If this wasn’t evident when they first signed him last offseason, it became clear when they traded for Anthony Davis this offseason.
The big question for the Lakers now is how they can further improve their roster in free agency. They have holes to fill after trading the likes of Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram in order to acquire Davis. They would presumably like to add a third star player to the roster as well.
Brooklyn Nets point guard D’Angelo Russell currently appears to be at the top of the Lakers’ wish list. According to Fred Roggin of LA AM 570, Los Angeles is set to meet with him:
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According to sources..
#Lakers set meeting with D’Angelo Russell. Club working towards setting meetings with defensive specialist and a lights out shooter also has interest. To be continued….
Russell makes sense for a couple of reasons. He can fill the void at point guard left by Ball, and he can add a bit of three-point shooting to the offensive end of the court—he made 36.8 percent of his attempts last season—something the Lakers desperately need around James and Davis.
There’s a level of familiarity with Russell too, as he was drafted by the Lakers back