Insider’s new update on Lakers, D’Angelo Russell

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An NBA insider thinks the Los Angeles Lakers’ best bet is to re-sign D’Angelo Russell this summer.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium talked about Russell, Kyrie Irving, Fred VanVleet and the Lakers on Fan Duel TV.

“They ended up going to the Western Conference Finals. D’Angelo Russell is on the bench in Game 4, and I think when you look at the landscape, when you talk to team managers, they feel like the Lakers could be in the market for a point guard,” said on Run It Back. “When you think about the available point guards, Fred VanVleet, Kyrie Irving, it might be best to bring back D’Angelo Russell.”

The Lakers bought 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 shooting 41.4% of 3.

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: D’Angelo Russell & Los Angeles Lakers Updates

D’Lo also put up good numbers in the first two rounds of the 2023 playoffs 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 was so bad against the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals that many people in the NBA think the Lakers should not re-sign him. The southpaw averaged 6.3 points and 3.5 assists while shooting 32.3% from the field and 13.3% from beyond the arc.

According to ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks, Russell is eligible through June 30 to sign a two-year, $67.5 million extension with the Lakers. If overtime is not reached between Russell and the Lakers, the All-Star guard will hit unlimited free duty.

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: D’Angelo Russell & Los Angeles Lakers Updates

Lakers superstar LeBron James spoke highly of Russell this year, but did The King change his mind about D’Angelo after the Nuggets series? It is possible.

“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. Sean Deveney of Heavy Sports. “Is this a man they want to invest in? Does LeBron want him back – word is he’s not Russell’s biggest fan.”

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