By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
If the Brooklyn Nets sign Kyrie Irving to a free agent contract, the team is expected to renounce the rights to point guard D’Angelo Russell. The Los Angeles Lakers are interested in reuniting with him.
Russell was traded to the Nets in 2017. Since then, his game has developed into an All-Star.
By renouncing Russell’s rights — along with the rights of several teammates — the Nets will clear the way for $66 million to spend this summer. They are projected to have the second most money to spend in the market besides the New York Knicks.
Once the Anthony Davis deal happens on July 6th, the Lakers will be in need of a new point guard. Their former point guard Lonzo Ball will be on the move to the New Orleans Pelicans. \
The 23-year-old Louisville, Kentucky native was traded on June 22, 2017. He went to the Nets with Timofey Mozgov.
In exchange, the Lakers received the draft pick that led to Kyle Kuzma and Brook Lopez.
This past season, he made 81 appearances, including 81 starts. He averaged a career-best 21.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game in 30.2 minutes per game.
In four NBA seasons between the Lakers and the Nets, he has made 272 appearances, including 224 games. He has a career average of 16.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 28.5 per game.