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Lakers-Wizards trade: John Wall under Luke Walton in exchange for D’Angelo Russell and three others

By Peter Erick Magbanua@dakelsmb on
PHOTOGRAPH: Keith Allison/Flickr | John Wall of the Washington Wizards

The Los Angeles Lakers are still trying to see where its players would fit in Luke Walton’s system. Trade rumors suggest that the Lakers send D’Angelo Russell and three other assets in exchange for John Wall of the Washington Wizards.

In the proposed trade, aside from Russell, the Lakers would send Julius Randle, Jose Calderon and Larry Nance, Jr. The Lakers would then get a veteran who could lead the team with Lou Williams, Brandon Ingram, Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov.

With the rebuild, the Lakers are hoping to overachieve themselves and move on from the post-Kobe Bryant era. Players see that under Walton, the Lakers have no other way but up as he keeps team practices loose instead of being intense.

“He connects with us really well. He keeps practice fun and loose, so no one has a problem learning when he’s teaching,” said guard Jordan Clarkson. “We’ve all got respect for him because he knows what he’s talking about.”

If the deal goes down and Wall ends with the Lakers the more Walton will have options in his offensive play. Wall brings an average of 19.9 points with 10.2 assists and 4.9 rebounds a game, which further spread the floor for the Lakers.

Meanwhile, the Wizards will have Russell teaming up with Bradley Beal along with Otto Porter, Randle and Marcin Gortat. The Wizards will have a versatile big man lineup as Markieff Morris could lead the second unit. Aside from that Calderon and Nance could be other options in the roster rotation.

Many are keeping an optimistic view for the Lakers this season, however, finding the right combination might be a long transition. Though the deal is plausible, the decision is still up for the Lakers and the Wizards to make. They might stick with their respective rosters and make the move by the end of the trade deadline by Feb.

Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison/Flickr

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