This news comes on the heels of a report from Marc Stein of the New York Times which stated that the Lakers considered themselves in the running for the reigning Finals MVP even before they were able to rework this trade and open up the cap space needed to sign a max contract player this summer.
LeBron James is giving up his uniform number, 23, to new Lakers teammate Anthony Davis, sources confirmed to ESPN. The move, which sent Mo Wagner, Jermerrio Jones and Isaac Bonga to D.C., gave general manager Rob Pelinka an additional $32 million in cap space.
Those were, as we've hit on, Vanderbilt lead guard Darius Garland at fifth overall, Belmont wing Dylan Windler at 26th overall and USC wing Kevin Porter Jr. at 30th overall via trade with the Detroit Pistons (who had that pick via reported trade with the Milwaukee Bucks; details of that deal reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski).
The Lakers agreed earlier this month to acquire Davis from New Orleans for Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and three first-round draft picks - one of them being De'Andre Hunter, who was chosen by the Lakers on draft night and will then be traded to New Orleans and flipped from there to the Atlanta Hawks.
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Russell averaged a career-high 21.1 points and 7.0 assists while shooting 36.9 percent from 3-point range in 81 games in 2018-19. In October of 2014, he suffered a "Jones fracture" in his foot and had surgery that sidelined him until December of that year .
If you bought a LeBron James Lakers jersey last season, it might already be out of style. Could the Lakers look at some of their cheapest options in National Basketball Association free agency this summer like having Rajon Rondo return after a injury-filled 2018-2019 National Basketball Association season?
Beverley averaged 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 0.9 steals in 27.4 minutes per game last season.
Los Angeles may elect to add multiple role players, instead, and have been linked to Patrick Beverley, Enes Kanter, Danny Green, Terrence Ross as well as Seth Curry, among others. But, with Brooklyn being the reported landing spot for Kyrie Irving, the Lakers are hoping that the Nets see Russell as having too similar of a skill set to Irving and will allow him to walk. It should not be all that hard to convince a third All-Star player to join them though considering they would get to play in Los Angeles and seemingly compete for championships year in and year out.