D’Angelo Russell Reveals Bold Stance on Re-Signing with Lakers

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Mar 18, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell (1) celebrates against the Atlanta Hawksin the second half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

D’Angelo Russell has emerged as a linchpin for a Los Angeles Lakers squad lacking shot creation beyond a veteran player. Averaging 18.2 points with a 42.3% 3-point shooting rate, his playmaking prowess, yielding 6.4 assists per game, becomes pivotal in shifting defenses. However, it’s worth questioning which NBA team he’ll be playing for next season.

Russell holds an $18.7 million player option with free agency looming, yet eyes a potentially lucrative multi-year deal. Russell expressed his desire to remain with the Lakers to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.

“I’d love to be here and continue to give it a run and be where my feet are now,” Russell said. “Obviously, I’ve been on the other side of it, and I’ve been through the roller coaster of free agency and having to sit back and wait. I’m looking forward to not having to worry about that. I’ve been blessed enough to put myself in this position with my play.

“I’m definitely planning on taking advantage of that,” Russell explained. “When that time comes, I feel that everything will play out how it’s supposed to play out.”

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: D’Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers Updates

While Russell’s performance merits a new contract, his future with the Lakers remains uncertain. Despite offensive strengths, his defensive shortcomings necessitate a balanced roster for success.

The Lakers’ offseason plans pivot on unanswered questions. Playoff performance will influence their approach, with outcomes ranging from an early exit to a competitive postseason run. Additionally, player availability and trade prospects will shape their strategy, with three first-round draft picks potentially enhancing their trade appeal.

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: D’Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers Updates

As June’s draft and July’s free agency approach, clarity will emerge. Nonetheless, securing Russell on a multi-year deal remains a plausible outcome for the Lakers.

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