The Future of the Los Angeles Lakers Franchise with Lonzo Ball and D’Angelo Russell

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 05/19/17 01:15AM EDT
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NBA-bound Lonzo Ball
Is Lonzo Ball the right piece of the puzzle for the Los Angeles Lakers?

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If LaVar Ball is to decide, the Los Angeles Lakers will choose Lonzo Ball, his son, as second overall pick come Draft Day. Even non-basketball believers already knew that.

The outspoken father of Lonzo has declared to the world that they are not interested in working out with other NBA franchise including Boston Celtics as they plan to be signed by the Lakers and Lakers only.

Now what would happen to D'Angelo Russell, the Lakers' starting point guard should Lonzo got onboard? This is the reason behind many buzzes among basketball think tanks from other NBA teams, the chance to snatch the 21-year old baller away from the Los Angeles Lakers.

As reported by Sports Illustrated, "following Tuesday night's lottery, multiple NBA teams are evaluating trade packages for D'Angelo Russell." Surely, having Lonzo and D'Angelo playing for the same position will push one or the other as backup point guard, what a waste of talent indeed as many basketball analysts believe.

Yet given the brains of Lakers coach Luke Walton, he may have something in mind that will make everybody happy, a win-win solution for all parties. In a tweet by ESPN senior writer Ramona Shelburne, she shared that Coach Walton believes D'Angelo can play effectively off the ball adding that he's a good cutter and has posted his highest 3-pt percentage off a screen.

Standing at 6'5", D'Angelo could be the perfect replacement for Lou Williams, who was shipped to the Houston Rockets before the trade deadline back in February. With this player movement, Jordan Clarkson can go back to his off-the-bench role for continuity in the shooting guard post, although there will be times both D'Angelo and Clarkson would play together to give Lonzo a breather.

The Lakers are loaded with big guys like Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr., Tarik Black, and Thomas Robinson on the fourth, and Brandon Ingram, Corey Brewer, even Nick Young on the third. These guys will look good with Lonzo dishing lob passes down the baseline. Plus, should Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov be able to finally prove their worth, the Los Angeles Lakers will be back on track once again.



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