The Los Angeles Lakers need to resolve what they need to do with D’Angelo Russell this summer season.

At one level after the NBA Commerce Deadline, the 27-year-old appeared a lock to obtain a large contract from L.A. within the offseason. Perhaps not the four-year, $100+ million extension he was looking for again when he was nonetheless with the Minnesota Timberwolves, however one thing sizeable however.

Then the playoffs hapcpened.

Russell went from averaging 17.4 factors per recreation on 48.4 % capturing from the sector and 41.4 % capturing from past the arc within the common season, to six.3 factors per recreation on 32.3 % from the sector and 13.3 % capturing from past the arc within the Western Convention Finals.

Russell’s play in opposition to the Denver Nuggets was so poor that L.A. was pressured to bench him for Sport 4 of the sequence.

Within the aftermath, between LeBron James’ emotions in direction of him and his terrible displaying within the postseason, it turned clear that Russell would doubtless be on the transfer this summer season.

However the place?

In accordance with Bleacher Report, the Toronto Raptors are a staff to observe.

“Ideally, the Toronto Raptors will convey again opt-out candidate Fred VanVleet for lower than $30 million per season on a brand new deal,” the report learn.

“But when he expresses a want to alter venues, Toronto may work out a uncommon double sign-and-trade with the Los Angeles Lakers to land FVV’s substitute. D’Angelo Russell has been a part of such an alternate earlier than when he got here to the Golden State Warriors in a double S-and-T for Kevin Durant.

“If all events concerned agree and discover methods to make the cash work, Russell may wind up in Toronto, giving the Raptors the traditional pick-and-roll operator they’ve lengthy lacked.”

It’s value remembering, Shams Charania of The Athletic additionally cited L.A. as a staff to control for VanVleet only a week in the past.

“I feel Kyrie Irving and Fred VanVleet need to be on the prime of the record for the Lakers this offseason,” Charania mentioned.

Irving has clearly additionally been linked to the Lakers loads in latest days. A lot so, in actual fact, that the Dallas Mavericks actively got here out this weekend and attempt to put out the rising hearth.

“Whereas we await a transparent indication in regards to the Lakers’ intentions there, with no verifiable sign to this point that pursuing Irving is amongst their offseason priorities, league sources say that the Mavericks would have no real interest in a sign-and-trade with the Lakers that options D’Angelo Russell as the first Dallas-bound participant,” NBA insider Marc Stein wrote.

“All indications are that the Mavericks stay intent on re-signing Irving.”

Along with that, Tim Cato of The Athletic additionally struck the same be aware this week.

“It requires tact, however the Mavs ought to merely inform Irving upfront what contract they want for him to re-sign, and whereas he actually has the correct to go away, they don’t plan to help every other staff in buying him,” he wrote.

“They’ve essentially the most interesting provide.”

All of that being mentioned, there’s a cause there’s a lot smoke right here. It’s as a result of a little bit hearth is brewing. Irving clearly needs to come back to the Lakers and play alongside James.

And the curiosity is mutual.

The rationale the Mavericks are pushing again so laborious right here is as a result of they know one thing legit is brewing.

Come what may, if the Lakers transfer on from Russell, it is going to be as a result of they’ve one other level guard to interchange him with. And in the mean time, the perfect choices accessible are VanVleet or Irving.

Will the Lakers be capable of make one thing occur with both the Raptors or Mavs this summer season? A solution by some means will current itself over the subsequent few months.

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