Lakers Trade D’Angelo Russell, Timofey Mozgov For Brook Lopez And Nets’ Draft Pick Kyle Kuzma
Lakers Trade D’angelo Russell, Timofey Mozgov For Brook Lopez And Nets’ Draft Pick Kyle Kuzma
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers trading D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for veteran center Brook Lopez and a first-round draft pick has been made official. News of the blockbuster deal surfaced two days ago but was made official by the team during the NBA Draft on Thursday.

The Lakers Twitter account announced the news as the team drafted Kyle Kuzma out of Utah with the 27th pick in the first round:

Although many expected the new Lakers regime to make some trades this summer, dealing Russell right out of the gate for a veteran center and a draft pick was a bit surprising. Shedding Mozgov’s salary was a step in the right direction as it gives the team more flexibility with their cap space, but using Russell to make the move still has some wondering what’s next.

All the speculation heading into the draft on Thursday was centered around Paul George and what seems to be the inevitable arrival of the superstar in Los Angeles. George, however, wasn’t traded before the trade nor in the first round despite rumors of the Boston Celtics potentially making a strong play for the perennial All-Star.

As it stands, the Lakers got their man in Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick and have brought in an upgrade the center position with Lopez as well as a talented young player in Kuzma. Where the team goes from here is anyone’s guess, but there could be more fireworks on the horizon.

You May Also Like

Lakers Injury Update: Xavier Henry Expected To Miss Four More Weeks

As if Steve Nash and Steve Blake suffering injuries in the loss…

Lakers News: Frank Vogel Impressed By LeBron James’ ‘Sustainability’

Los Angeles Lakers All-Star LeBron James put together an unprecedented showing in a 17th season of his career…

Dwight Howard Wants To Remain With Lakers, Believes He Has ‘Couple’ Years Left In Career

It seems like a lifetime ago when Dwight Howard was being booed by Los Angeles Lakers fans after his unceremonious…

Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Wants Michael Jordan Or Phil Jackson To Present Him At Hall Of Fame

Former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant entering the Basketball Hall of Fame is definitely a matter of “when” than “if….