The Los Angeles Lakers are ready to give up point guard prospect D’Angelo Russell for a top pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. The latest Lakers rumors has Russell available in the trade market as the Los Angeles squad have brought in multiple rookie prospects for workouts in preparation for the rookie draft scheduled next week.
ESPN NBA draft expert Chad Ford claims that the Lakers are set on picking Brandon Ingram as the No. 2 pick. However, he claims that the “Lakers have explored other options” and that it is likely that L.A. is trying to get another top draft pick and that could cost them D’Angelo Russell.
Lakers rumors has D’Angelo Russell available ever since he “snitched” on teammate Nick Young during the 2015-2016 season. There are reports that Russell is now not liked in the Lakers’ locker room and that players want him out of L.A.
The top five picks in the 2016 NBA Draft belong to the Philadelphia 76ers, Lakers, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves. It’s not clear which team will the Lakers deal Russell to if they want a top five pick since the Sixers won’t trade their top pick for Russell and the Celtics, Suns and Timberwolves are already set at the point guard position.
However, there are talks that the Sixers want to give up either Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel. The Lakers need front court help and either player can shore up their frontline. A one-for-one trade between Okafor for Russell, or Noel for Russell, is possible as Philadelphia wants a starting point guard.
Russell being involved in Lakers rumors is not surprising as they also have Jordan Clarkson at the point guard position. Clarkson is a free agent but the Lakers can match any contract offered by any other NBA teams this summer.