The Los Angeles Lakers have the second overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft but they reportedly want another top five pick. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Lakers are open to trading D’Angelo Russell and the Phoenix Suns may have an offer.
Chad Ford of ESPN first noted on SportsCenter that the Lakers are looking for another top five pick and Russell is the piece they are ready to trade. He also mentioned that Brandon Ingram is the likely second overall pick but there is still a small chance the Lakers will go with a different player.
“I think more likely the Lakers are trying to pick up another pick in this draft in the top five and the guy that they have that they can shop is D’Angelo Russell, a guy who was their No. 2 pick in the draft last year but burned some bridges in the locker room,” Ford said via CBS Sports.
However, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reported that the Lakers are not exactly shopping D’Angelo Russell. He noted that they are open to discussions and offers for the 20-year-old guard but they are not trying to trade him.
Not exactly — Lakers are open to ideas, but to say they are specifically trying to move D’Angelo, not true. https://t.co/wWLOg7rAmz
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) June 19, 2016
Nonetheless, the Lakers are exploring all of their options, including trades, heading into draft night on June 23. Los Angeles is coming off another losing season with the Kobe Bryant era ending with the retirement of the Black Mamba.
According to Keith M. Scheessele of SB Nation, the Phoenix Suns are one of the teams capable of acquiring D’Angelo Russell from the Lakers. He noted that the Suns can offer a combination of their 4th, 13th, 28th overall picks, Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe.
The main reason the Lakers have an interest in trading Russell is reportedly the controversial video he took of Nick Young about the latter’s infidelities. Even though what he did was just a prank, it caused locker room tensions and his teammates will have difficulty trusting him.
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