The latest NBA trade rumor has the Los Angeles Lakers putting rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell on the trading block with the L.A. franchise looking to deal him before this season’s trade deadline.
Brian Geltzeile of hoopscritic.com and host of Sirius XM NBA Radio stated that the Lakers are already willing to give up on the second overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft:
As Geltzeile noted, the Lakers have a high price tag on their rookie PG, which means other NBA teams have to give up on an established star or a top young prospect to acquire Russell.
The NBA trade deadline is on Feb. 18, 2016.
The news is a bit surprising as Russell is seen as one of the Lakers’ key players for the future and because he was drafted high in the draft that also featured the likes of Jahlil Okafor, who was drafted third by the Philadelphia 76ers and Kristaps Porzingis, who was drafted fourth by the New York Knicks.
Along with No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Russell has the lowest value this season among the top four rookies in the recent draft.
The 19-year old guard from Ohio State averages 12.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists for the Lakers in the current season.
Russell has good numbers for a rookie but he is not the No. 1 point guard in the rotation with Jordan Clarkson getting most of the minutes at the PG spot. Clarkson, who is in his second year in the league, averages better numbers of 15.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Dealing Russell could be an option for the Lakers as they still have a young starting point guard in Clarkson.
Los Angeles is the second-worst team in the league with 9 wins against 39 losses, just better than the Sixers, who are at 7-40.
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