D’Angelo Russell calls Lakers ‘the type of organization that will trade you’
Brooklyn Nets point guard D’Angelo Russell says the Los Angeles Lakers are “the type of organization that will trade you to bring in what they want.”
The Lakers traded Russell to the Nets in the summer of 2017, just two years after they selected the lefty with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft out of Ohio State.
“This league is about opportunity and situation,” Russell told USA TODAY Sports. “So when I say opportunity, I think the opportunity would have been completely different if I was still in LA. It’s the type of organization that will trade you to bring in what they want.”
Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson traded Russell because he wanted a leader at the point guard position. LA drafted Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
With the Nets this season, Russell is having a career year. He made his first All-Star team and is establishing himself as one of the best young players in the NBA.
Russell is putting up 20.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game for the Nets while shooting 43.2 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free-throw line.
DLo becomes a restricted free agent this summer. He figures to get a lucrative contract from the Nets.