The Brooklyn Nets won this trade. Since the Nets have no draft picks or good players honestly, they desperately needed good young talent with upside. They got that in Russell.
The move we just witnessed makes the Lakers WORST than they were last year, talent wise at least.
Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are already looking like the wrong guys for the job.
But, they're not to blame completely.
Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss made such inadequate signings in Timofey Mosgov and Luol Deng, that the Lakers had to get rid of a valuable young asset to gain anything valuable in return.
I understand that the Lakers will save money over the next three years, getting rid of Mosgov's contract and picking up Lopez's expiring one, but I still do not like the trade.
Instead of having a backcourt with Lonzo Ball and Dangelo Russell, the Lakers trade Russell for an old and injury riddled Brook Lopez.
To me LA gave up a young guard with a lot of potential.
I believe the Lakers should have kept Russell, Randle, Ingram, Zubac, and the number two pick.
I would be completely fine with the Lakers trading away Clarkson or Nance, or the 28th pick.
My main problem with the trade was giving away a young guard with a lot of potential to simply dump a bad salary.
I believe there was a better deal out there, that wouldn't have taken giving up Russell.
It is possible the Lakers did not like Russell's attitude or work ethic, maybe Russell wasn't good in the locker room.
I believe those opinions are a stretch.
Watching the Lakers closely over the last few years, I did find myself thinking 'do Clarkson and Russell have a passion for the game of basketball, or do they enjoy the NBA player lifestyle more than the game.'
That could be what Magic Johnson was thinking, when he dealt Russell.
I'm starting to think the Lakers are now gearing up to get Paul George or Jimmy Butler THIS summer.
By possibly trading away the 27th and 28th picks and a player like Nance or Clarkson.
I again would not deal: Ingram, Randle, Zubac, or 2nd pick.
Thinking on the bright side: the Lakers will get a new point guard with the #2 pick.
Brook Lopez will be a great mentor for Zubac.
As well as Lopez's contract expiring after this year, while Mosgov's doesn't expire for another 3 years.
Giving the Lakers more flexibility and enough money to get 2 max players NEXT summer.
Daniel Farr. Journalist. Sports fan. College student. https://soundcloud.com/user-731370183.