The Los Angeles Lakers made a big splash this past Tuesday. They sent off the ex-Buckeye star, D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Brook Lopez and the No. 27 pick in Thursday’s draft.
Russell who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft averaged 15.6 points and 4.8 assists over 63 games this past season.
Mozgov is owed $48 million combined over the next three seasons. It is said that the Lakers were eager to unload him.
Lopez will make about $22.6 million next year and then will become an unrestricted free agent.
The Lakers are widely expected to replace Russell by selecting Lonzo Ball of UCLA with the No. 2 overall pick.
This is a sound trade for the Nets. Russell will be handed an unrestricted ability to shoot at will in the Nets high tempo offense. For the Nets to take on 48 million dollars for the Mozgov contract details the confidence they have in Russell to develop into the star in the NBA that was initially predicted for him.
On a personal note, I live in NYC. I have for a good while now. I personally love the NY Knicks. They have fallen on hard times, and the Phil Jackson experiment, I believe, should be ended ASAP. But….. now with D’Angelo just over the Bridge and FIOS in my pad, I will be able to watch him each game come next season.
I confess I look forward to it. But what about my Knicks? Am I a modern-day Benedict Arnold? Hardly! Spike Lee and I will still wear our blue and orange and hope for better decisions and days – which in my prayers include the departures of both Jackson and Dolan; anyway, so much for day-dreaming, huh? Unlike what poor Spike will endure with the miserableness of the Knicks – I’ll have a short journey to the Barclays Center to watch a budding star in Brooklyn who was Scarlet and Gray.
As I sit here watching the draft – seeing the Knicks take 6-5, PG, Frank Ntilikina out of France, I look south towards the Brooklyn Bridge, and ponder on beginning my plans for November.