NBA Rumors: Celtics Eye D’Angelo Russell Via Trade, Ready To Offer Draft Picks
The Boston Celtics are interested in trading for D’Angelo Russell, if the Los Angeles Lakers make the controversial rookie available over the summer, per latest NBA Rumors.Advertisement
Ever since Russell’s video about Nick Young went viral, there has been speculation over the future of the point guard in Los Angeles. According to CSNNE.com, the Celtics will be happy to trade for Russell, whose rookie season has been marred with one controversy after another.
“All those picks and young players Boston has, they could probably put a package together that would at least pique the Lakers’ interest,” an unnamed league executive told the website. “But do the Lakers want to move him over something like this? I don’t think so. But hey, stranger things have happened,” added the executive.
The Celtics will have at least three first round picks in the forthcoming draft, including Brooklyn Nets’ pick which is projected to fall inside the top-5. The draft lottery is on May 17. If the ping pong balls go Boston’s way, it’s possible that they receive their highest draft pick since 2014 when they picked Marcus Smart with the sixth pick.
Remember, the Lakers already have a top-3 protected draft pick. If they acquire Brooklyn Nets’ lottery pick, too, they could potentially draft two rookies in the top-5. On paper, that sounds like a great deal for the Lakers.
Does it make sense?
The Celtics already have all-star Isiah Thomas as their starting PG, while second-year guard Smart has turned into a valuable back-up option. Does it make sense for them to acquire Russell? If they do, they might be obligated to get rid of Smart.
Though Russell has shown enormous offensive potential, his lack of effort on defense has frustrated Lakers coach Byron Scott for the better part of the season. On the other hand, Smart has earned constant praise from Celtics coach Brad Stevens for his hustle and lockdown defense. Therefore, the potential trade could prove to be a monumental gamble for Boston.
Lakers and Celtics are the oldest foes in pro basketball. Do they really want to help each other out?
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