Lakers trade D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to Nets

Lakers trade D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to Nets

Lakers trade D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to Nets

It was an interesting proposal, and an out for the Lakers, who were set to owe Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng a combined $85-million through the 2019-2020 season. He also became the Nets' career scoring leader last season - one of the few highlights for the team, which lumbered to a league-worst 20-62 record under its first-year coach, Kenny Atkinson.

That they had to give up the best player in the transaction isn't great, but they'll deal with those circumstances down the line. Russell will be the starting point or shooting guard depending on whether the team keeps Jeremy Lin. Not awful, and they may have earned a steal in D'Angelo Russell.

The Lakers reportedly made a move on Tuesday.

Certainly less possible than the pipe dream the Lakers traded Russell for. Johnson has been clear in his desire to attract big-name National Basketball Association talent to Los Angeles, even at the expense of young talent, and this trade will start the process of creating the room for veteran stars.

This will also have an impact with the Paul George trade talks.

George would be eligible to immediately extend his current deal for two more seasons for a total of $95.4 million (limited to five percent raises).

Though the Pacers might want more in a deal, the Lakers have gone into these conversations holding firm on two things.

The obvious trick is Los Angeles getting IN to send George via trade, perhaps for a package that is built around Julius Randle or Jordan Clarkson, along with one or two of the Lakers' lower first-rounders (27th and/or 28th).

ESPN's Ramona Shelbourne reported today on Twitter that the Lakers were asking for a lottery pick in this draft but was unable to find a taker for Russell. This is the first major deal orchestrated by Lakers' new GM Rob Pelinka, and it's a move that will help open cap space in 2018 to try and bring on another star player. That's enough to sign George at $30.6 million. The Lakers center was due $15.28 million this year, $16 million next year and $16.72 million the following year.

The former All-Star guard met Tuesday with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert about a position in Cleveland's front office, a person familiar with the encounter told the Associated Press.

The Los Angeles Lakers can be expected to accomplish a few more National Basketball Association trades this offseason. Chatter of James leaving the Cavs for the Lakers in 2018 has been ramping up around the National Basketball Association.

The Lakers also clear their point guard slot in time to take, presumably, Lonzo Ball in the draft on Thursday.

"Not only is there no guarantee he's coming back, I'm not sure there's an expectation he's re-signing there", Wojnarowski said. Russell was far too high a price to pay for a cap dump.

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