All-time Laker great Magic Johnson has taken on the role of mentoring D’Angelo Russell. Russell has been struggling with maturity issues and the video leak of Nick Young has overshadowed his play on the court.
The Laker organization has placed Russell in the hands of Magic Johnson making it the first move in their rebuilding process.There is no doubt the team has kept free agency in mind when deciding to make this move as this summer could be an exciting one. This helps their chances in free agency because it will keep any worries about team chemistry at bay.
A lot of talent will hit the market as plenty of key players will be either unrestricted free agents or have player options. Kevin Durant will be the most sought after free agent and could likely wind up in LA. The recent retirement of Kobe Bryant and the salary cap increase will allow for the Lakers to make a run at Durant. Durant and D’Angelo Russell would be a nice 1-2 punch with a supporting cast consisting of Nick Young, Lou Williams, and Julius Randle. Anybody can see that this is not a move for Russell; it is a move for the Lakers.