D’Angelo Russell is in the middle of the controversy after a prank gone wrong that has taken the social media by storm. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Los Angeles Lakers locker room has been affected by it leading to speculations of Russell being traded in the offseason.
ESPN noted that the video shows Russell filming teammate Nick Young wherein they are talking about being other women. Young is engaged to rapper Iggy Azalea and they are one of the high-profile couples in Hollywood.
The rookie has already apologized about to Young and to the public about the current situation. He explained that it was supposed to be a prank and he never intentionally wanted to hurt anyone.
“I am sick. I am sorry about recording the video. I can’t repeat myself enough on that: I am sorry I recorded that video. I feel horrible. I wish this never happened,” Russell told The Vertical on Wednesday.
Now, the future of Russell with the Lakers appears to be in question. He’s finally been showing his potential after not being properly used by Byron Scott early in the season. The 20-year-old still possess the same potential that could be helpful to the Lakers or any team that would want a chance to trade for him.
Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England reports that the Boston Celtics are interested in acquiring Russell if he ever becomes available this offseason. However, it should be noted that these NBA rumors are just speculations as of the moment.
“All those picks and young players Boston has, they could probably put a package together that would, at least, pique the Lakers’ interest. But do the Lakers want to move him over something like this? I don’t think so. But hey, stranger things have happened,” an NBA executive told Blakely via text.
If the Celtics would want to get Russell from their longtime rivals, a package involving Marcus Smart and a couple of draft picks would do the trick.