Is D’Angelo Russell spending his last moments with the Los Angeles Lakers? There’s a growing speculation about his departure. Russell plays a big role in many trade talks ahead of the deadline.
Dave McMenamin from ESPN reported that the franchise has discussed three potential Russell scenarios.
“Russell’s name has been mentioned in trade talks with the Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks in recent weeks, sources told ESPN, while the point guard managed to play some of the best basketball of his career,” McMenamin reported on February 6.
Russell doesn’t mind being mentioned in trade talks
The Lakers can get several players. If they decide to add new names to the roster, they will have to give up on some of their players. Gabe Vincent and Russell became top trade targets.
The best part? Russell has no concerns about his current situation in LA. He doesn’t ask too many questions about his future with the team. He is just trying to do his job.
The point guard joined the starting lineup on January 13. Russell averages 24.0 points, 6.5 assists, and 2.6 rebounds.
“I don’t care at all. Show up to work,” Russell told the media following the win over the Charlotte Hornets. “I can’t control that my contract makes sense to be traded either. So, I mean, just play. Can’t control that. Once again, I don’t care at all.”
The veteran did add fuel to trade rumors by waving his no-trade clause. He could easily enter the open market if the Lakers decide to adjust their roster.
“I just thought it made sense [to waive veto power],” Russell said. “Obviously, I’ve been here before. I played for the Lakers before, so I know what the requirements are to be successful here.”
Lakers players are not worried about the trade deadline. Winning games is their top priority right now. Let’s see what happens these days. The front office can always pull out an unexpected move.