According to ESPN's Chad Ford, the Los Angeles Lakers are looking to trade their 2015 2nd overall pick, D'Angelo Russell.
Chad Ford of ESPN cited Russell’s off-court controversy with teammate Nick Young as one reason the Lakers may be shopping their former No. 2 overall pick. Los Angeles may be targeting another lottery pick in the 2016 NBA Draft in return for Russell.
“I think more likely the Lakers are trying to pick up another pick in this draft in the top five and the guy that they have that they can shop is D’Angelo Russell, a guy who was their No. 2 pick in the draft last year but burned some bridges in the locker room.”
Still, even despite the controversy, CBS Sports explains that trading Russell for a top-five pick would be a questionable move.
“If the Lakers’ concerns about Russell somehow outweigh his potential, then they could do worse than acquiring a top-five pick for him. He’s only 20 years old, though, and it seems like they could be in danger of out-thinking themselves here. There is nothing wrong Los Angeles doing its due diligence and evaluating every single option before the draft, but there is unlikely to be a better plan than simply drafting Ingram and keeping Russell.”
What if they decide to trade D'Angelo Russell? We have three good options for him and for Los Angeles Lakers.
Los Angeles Lakers trade D'Angelo to Philadelphia Sixers for Jahlil Okafor
This trade sounds interesting for the Sixers. They really wanted to have Russell last year but they came up short because of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Sixers don't have a starting point guard for their future and I think trading Russell will be a good because they already have three big men: Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, and Jahlil Okafor.
They can't use all three guys on the court at the same time, and young players like Noe, Embiid, and Okafor want a big more than 35 minutes per game.
With D'Andelo Russell, the Sixers could have a really good starting lineup for the future.
Ben Simmons, D'Angelo Russell, Nerlens Noel, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid. Sounds good enough to have more than 25 wins?
On the other side, Los Angeles Lakers will have a young frontcourt with Okafor and Randle and if they can sign DeMar DeRozan in the off-season, it will be very interesting to watch them the next season.
Los Angeles Lakers will trade D'Angelo Russell to Suns for their 4th pick
The Suns have a stacked backcourt roster but I think the Suns will pull this trade. Eric Bledsoe will be entering the 2016-2017 NBA season after having a torn ACL this season that caused him 51 games.
Brandon Knight could also be traded in the off-season because he doesn't want to come off the bench. If the Suns will pull this trade, they need to cut either Bledsoe or Knight. Having Russell to the Suns could be a good move for their future alongside with Devin Booker.
They will have a young backcourt and if they can sign a good big man, the Suns can attack the NBA Playoffs in the next 2-3 years.
That option would be a very interesting for Los Angeles Lakers, because they can use 4th pick for the trade in the draft night... and what if Los Angeles Lakers immediately offer 4th pick, Julius Randle and 2nd round pick for Kevin Durant? I think that Oklahoma will reject that. Just a thought.
Lakers will trade D'Angelo Russell to Wolves for their 5th pick or Ricky Rubio
The Wolves have problems with Ricky Rubio this season and I think this trade could really work for them. They have a very young core with Lavine, Wiggins, and Towns on their roster. Adding Russell could make them a deadly force in the future.
But, the problem is if they want to have a young point guard because they really need someone with an experience.
The Timberwolves could be a very interesting team to watch in the next season and maybe one of the most intriguing team during the off-season. What if they can use the 5th pick and Ricky Rubio for Jimmy Butler? Who cares about D'Angelo Russell if they can get Jimmy Butler. Agree with me?
The Lakers could have problems getting the kind of value they want for Russell in a potential trade because teams know there could be a push from his current teammates to move him because of the Young situation. Plus, he wasn't so good that other teams will be in a rush to give up a top-five pick for him.
He averaged 13.2 points, 3.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 80 games, but this is a point guard league and Los Angeles Lakers could find a better point guard for the next season.