LA Lakers, Minnesota, and Utah discuss Russell
The LA Lakers are looking for a point guard…
According to ESPN reporter Adrian Woznarowski, the Lakers are interested in Minnesota’s DiAngelo Russell (guard, 193cm, 88kg).
The LA Lakers are believed to have started specific negotiations with Minnesota. The Lakers want to reinforce the backcourt, and Minnesota is also struggling to replace the guard.
Shams Karania, a reporter for The Athletic, said, “We are discussing multilateral forms with Utah Jazz.” It is a condition that Russell will be the Lakers, Russell Westbrook and future first-round nominations will be to Utah, and Mike Conley will be to Minnesota.
The LA Lakers showed interest in Conley in the middle of this season, and recently offered a deal even when Kyrie Irving (Dallas) asked for a trade, but failed to recruit him. As a result, it is currently weighing candidates who can be recruited through trade. Recruitment of Conley may be the best, but as it is not easy to exchange conditions, it is presumed that he has turned to Russell.
In addition, the value of the LA Clippers has increased as they are interested in Curry. If it competes with the Clippers, it will be disadvantageous for Lakers with limited trade cards. Russell, who played for the Lakers, is hoping to increase his backcourt power. If it’s possible to give up Westbrook, it’s better to catch Russell.
Russell recently showed an improved performance. Previously, Minnesota had also expressed its intention to recruit another guard through Russell. However, rumors related to the trade ended for now as Russell revived. However, as we still have to find a way to utilize Rude Gobert, it is understood that we are keeping an eye on Conley, who has been with him for a long time and has a lot of experience.
Utah recently negotiated a bilateral deal with the Lakers. Instead of bringing in Conley, Malik Beasley and Jared Vanderbilt, the Lakers offered Westbrook and future first-round tickets. But Utah couldn’t have wanted that condition. He hoped to add the nomination rights, but there was no reason for the Lakers to give him a draft pick that added complete nomination rights and protective conditions to embrace veteran Conley.
In addition, Woznarowski added that the negotiations have progressed considerably. It may be an impending transaction, and it is expected that differences are being coordinated over other additional conditions in the previously proposed gist. In addition, if Utah uses Conley for this trade, not a deal with the Clippers, it can be assumed that he is not satisfied with the Clippers’ conditions.