Details emerge about the future of D’Angelo Russell’s Lakers

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Bleacher Report’s NBA insider Chris Haynes doesn’t believe D’Angelo Russell will be back with the Los Angeles Lakers next season.

Russell, 27, will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

“I don’t think we will see D’Angelo Russell back with the Lakers, LeBron wants to fade more into the role of second goal scorer and playmaker.” said Haynes.

The Lakers purchased Russell from the Minnesota Timberwolves at the February trade deadline, and the Ohio State product played well in his 17 games with Los Angeles, averaging 17.4 points and 6.1 assists while posting 41.4% of shot outside the arc. D’Lo helped the Lakers make the playoffs after the team entered the 2-10 season.

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Russell put up good numbers in the first two rounds of the postseason against the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors. The Louisville native averaged 15.7 points and 5.0 assists to score 31 points in Game 6 against the Grizzlies.

However, Russell played poorly against the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals. The onetime All-Star averaged just 6.3 points and 3.5 assists while shooting 32.3% from the field and 13.3% from 3. The Nuggets, behind two-time MVP Nikola Jokic and star point guard Jamal Murray, the Lakers won.

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According to Sean Deveney, senior Heavy Sports insider, Lakers superstar small forward LeBron James is not a fan of Russell. LeBron wants Los Angeles to get Kyrie Irving, who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer like Russell.

“I hate to say that one playoff series can change a franchise’s entire view of a guy, because that just doesn’t happen, but it happens to some people in that building, maybe most importantly, to LeBron,” he said. a director of the Western Conference. Deveney. “Is this a man they want to invest in? Does LeBron want him back – word is he’s not Russell’s biggest fan.”

Russell has career averages of 17.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.7 assists with the Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, Warriors and Timberwolves. It will be interesting to see where he plays next season.

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