Lakers Send D'Angelo Russell To Brooklyn For Brook Lopez

Posted June 21, 2017

However, this trade has deeper implications than the simple swap reveals on the surface. The Lakers had the opportunity to finally get rid of Mozgov who has a pricey contract. The Pacers would likely be seeking younger players and draft picks in any potential deal for George and the Lakers would be able to package the No. 27 and No. 28 picks in Thursday's draft for him.

The Lakers just offloaded one of the two contracts that expected to saddle the franchise in free agency for the next three years, but it seemingly cost them Russell. LeBron James, who has a home in Los Angeles, and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook also will be eligible to become free agents next summer.

The 35-year-old Wade averaged 18.3 points on 43 percent shooting last season, his first with the Bulls after 13 years in Miami. Now, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, and even the Washington Wizards have entered a bidding war for the four-time NBA All-Star. It's possible the Pistons could go this route if they decide Jackson will not be fit to lead the team this season and decide to start Russell.

However, if you can make the same kind of bet the Nets are making - one that doesn't cost you much up front - Russell certainly has the talent to make it well worth your while. They replaced him with Lopez who is one of the most efficient centers in the National Basketball Association today. Also, Brook Lopez is a very good center, and the 27 pick is certainly valuable for the team whether they keep it or trade it.

Porzingis, 21, has averaged 16.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in his two seasons with the Knicks.

Gasol signed a two-year deal last summer worth $30 million.

But regardless of what happens next, it's clear new team president Magic Johnson has quickly turned Los Angeles into, once again, a team to keep an eye on at all times. By packaging him with Russell, the Lakers found a willing trade partner. Removing Lopez from the team means the Nets might be worse than their 20-62 record last season.

Despite all this, it's certainly a roster upgrade, from Randy Foye, who averaged only 5.2 points per game, in his 10th season and first with the Nets.

Lopez is coming off of one of his most productive seasons with the Nets. This year space is at a premium, and the Nets have it.