One of the first major moves of the Los Angeles Lakers during the President of Basketball Magic President and General Manager Rob Pelinka was D & # 39; Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov's terrible contract for Brooklyn Nets in a years of Brook Lopez and a first round draft that eventually became Kyle Kuzma.
The move was praised at the time because the Lakers cleared the Mozgov agreement and opened another max slot for free agency. But Russell, whom Johnson felt was "not a leader", has since flourished into an all-star with the nets.
Russell after his victory against the Lakers, where he officially eliminated them from the playoffs, is reflected in his time in LA, trading and how he feels about the organization that acted him through USA Today Sports:
"I will say this to say this, this league is about opportunities and situations so when i say opportunity i think the opportunity would have been totally different if i was still in LA This is the type of organization that will act for you to bring what they want. And the situation, no one to tell who the head coach would have been, no one to tell who the players would have been next to me, no narrative. "
It seems to be commonplace Today calling the Russell deal a failure on the Lakers ends, but the young point guard certainly makes a good point. Because the trade was now almost two years ago and so much has changed for both organizations, no one knows if Russell would have had the same success if he was with the Lakers.
Perhaps he, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram would have struggled to work together because of similar on-ball tendencies. Perhaps the lack of another max contract slot and not the flexibility that comes with it has prevented LeBron James from signing.
Maybe the Lakers pack Russell, Ball and Ingram to get Anthony Davis and he ends up being traded anyway.
Russell's most interesting comment is the one that says the Lakers is an organization that can easily move on from a player. The franchise has long been known as a player-friendly organization, and that is something that James recently thought.
Whatever the truth, Russell seems to have found success and happiness, something we will never know if he would or might have achieved with the Lakers.