NBA Draft: Los Angeles Lakers' Plans Revealed; D'Angelo Russell Trade Could Happen
The 2017 NBA Draft is just around the corner and it looks like the Los Angeles Lakers are letting the world know what their plans are for the big night. Los Angeles is reportedly looking to trade for one more first-rounder, this is even if they already have the No. 2 and 28 picks.
According to ESPN, the Lakers already reached out to two lottery teams. It was mentioned that the goal is to better the team's shooting and perimeter defense by adding top prospects. The targets are Lonzo Ball (UCLA), De'Aaron Fox (Kentucky), and Josh Jackson (Kansas).
As of this moment, there is no NBA trade accomplished yet. However, there is progress in the discussions. In a report by Silver Screen & Roll, it was stated that ESPN's Chad Ford revealed that Los Angeles placed D'Angelo Russell on the market. Perhaps this is to improve its chances of achieving the goal.
"Calling around to other teams around the league, it sounds like the prospect that [the Lakers] are dangling is to get a pick in that range is D'Angelo Russell. I don't think that they have any deal, or necessarily that they'll pull the trigger, but that's been the exploratory guy that they're looking at to see whether they can get a pick in the right sort of range," Ford explained.
Ford emphasized that no deal is in place as of this moment and Russell leaving is not guaranteed. But he added that the Lakers began shopping the point guard to see if they could acquire that first-rounder.
Russell joining the NBA trade market is unlikely a surprise to many. Lakers president of basketball operations Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr. said a few weeks ago that the only untouchable player on the roster is Brandon Ingram.
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