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The rumors and news surrounding the Los Angles Lakers were always going to get at least a little strange as the front office now turns its eyes toward fleshing out the roster surrounding LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Somehow, the post-draft news cycle for the Lakers has managed to loop in a guy by the name of D’Angelo Russell.
Coming out of the draft, the front office has to use dwindling resources creatively to field a competitive roster, which means likely crossing the fingers for another superstar but ending up with a more grounded approach.
After a quiet draft process, these are the most noteworthy Lakers items making the rounds.
D’Angelo Russell Return?
On the rumor front, other than the expected “interested in every superstar available angle,” the dominant item pertains to the aforementioned Russell.
The Lakers and Russell had an ugly split under Magic Johnson’s guidance not too long ago, which led to the point guard’s landing in Brooklyn with the Nets and blossoming into a star on his own.
Naturally, the two have been linked again, this time by B/R’s Eric Pincus: “With [Magic] Johnson gone, some close to Russell have indicated he may be open to the idea if Brooklyn isn’t in the picture.”
This one could gain more traction faster than anyone might expect, too. While the Nets can match any offer on Russell thanks to his restricted status, they could end up cutting ties with him completely if it means they go out and buy up a max-contract player.
If Russell hits the open market, the Lakers are suddenly looking at a 23-year-old point guard who averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists last year while shooting 43.4 percent from the floor and 36.9 percent from deep—all career highs.
Granted, it would be a battle to rip Russell away from other teams willing t