D’Angelo Russell calls Lakers’ trade reasons ‘irrelevant’

Depending on who you ask in the Lakers’ front office, they traded D’Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets for varying reasons.

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka called Russell a “special player” and stressed he was not considered expendable because of the team’s plans to draft UCLA guard Lonzo Ball. Instead, Pelinka said the trade was rooted in the Lakers shedding a bad contract (Timofey Mozgov’s three-year, $48 million deal), acquiring a proven center (Brook Lopez) and collecting...

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