Published: Wed, June 21, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Lakers to ship Russell, Moz to Nets for Lopez

Lakers to ship Russell, Moz to Nets for Lopez

D'Angelo Russell, the former All-American guard at Ohio State, was traded to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.

The deal looks like an immediate win for the Nets, who pick up an intriguing young prospect in Russell while taking on Mozgov's salary, but it may also hint at bigger aspirations for the Lakers.

2 overall pick in the 2015 draft, all but assures that Los Angeles will select point guard Lonzo Ball of UCLA at No. 2 Thursday.

The Russell as lead-guard never worked out for the Lakers, as Russell coupled spectacular flashes of greatness with bouts of inconsistency, as evidenced by his career.408 shooting percentage in two years in Los Angeles. Two years later, the Lakers made a decision to head to in a different direction as they traded Russell to the Brooklyn Nets for center Brook Lopez.

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The Celtics had the number one overall pick, but traded it to Philadelphia for the No. 3 pick and a future first-round selection in 2018 or 2019.

With there being reports recently that Indiana Pacers forward Paul George will leave the Indiana Pacers next summer as a free agent, the Los Angeles Lakers have received attention as a possible destination for the perennial All-Star. So, the C's have an incentive for the Lakers to be bad during the 2017-18 season, although trade might have made that more hard. The Pacers reportedly plan to move George quickly, and the Lakers could miss out if George is traded to a winning team and decides to re-sign with them in 2018.

27 and 28. The trade helped the Lakers unload the remaining three years and $54 million on Mozgov's contract.

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