NBA Trades: Chicago Bulls Good Business Partners for Los Angeles Lakers When It Comes to D'Angelo Russell
Because the Los Angeles Lakers got the No. 2 pick in this year's NBA Draft, several teams reportedly asked about D'Angelo Russell. There is a possibility the point guard gets dealt with Lonzo Ball being connected to the team. If Russell will be traded, the Chicago Bulls make sense.
Pippen Ain't Easy had an explanation why Russell to Chicago could be an ideal NBA trade for Los Angeles. First, there were suggested deals, but their gist is Russell joining the Bulls and Jimmy Butler becoming part of the Lakers.
This might work because Chicago does not have a solid backup for starting point guard Rajon Rondo. The veteran expressed his desire to stay in the Windy City and this is likely to happen. However, if he continues playing for the Bulls, his workload may increase since following him on the depth chart are Michael Carter-Williams, Isaiah Canaan, and Jerian Grant. All three are decent playmakers but none of them have the same potential as Russell.
Besides this, Russell can also be an assurance for the Bulls at the No. 1 position. He is just 21 years old which means he will be in the NBA for a very long time.
For Los Angeles, acquiring Butler would solve one of their biggest dilemmas, the need for a star. Lakers Nation reported in April that Magic Johnson, the Lakers president of basketball operations, confirmed in a radio interview that they are looking for a "superstar."
Butler might be the guy Los Angeles is searching for, although it would take more than Russell to get him from the Bulls. At this point, it is unlikely for the purple and gold franchise to give up at least two members of its young core. The Lakers value their developing talents and it seems like they are ready to move forward with them.
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