NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers Shopping D'Angelo Russell?

Nicholas Sciria

After a disappointing season that saw head coach Byron Scott fired, the Los Angeles Lakers are nearing an important offseason. Already, rumors have popped up that one of their biggest trade assets, D'Angelo Russell, may be on the market. With Luke Walton soon to take over in Los Angeles, big changes could soon be made to the roster. The team's first notable decision will come on Thursday, when the Lakers will use their No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft. Brandon Ingram sounds like the favorite at Los Angeles' spot, and he would make sense if the Lakers choose to keep 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."

However, when Russell played under Scott, his offensive ability showed. He averaged 16.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per 36 minutes per Basketball-Reference. Additionally, he shot 35.1 percent from behind the arc on 370 attempts. Russell demonstrated the ability to score, as only 27.1 percent of his two-point field goals were off an assist according to Basketball-Reference.

Ultimately, it seems unlikely that Russell will be traded for a top-5 pick, even if concerns around the Lakers' chemistry remains.

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