D’Angelo Russell Opts In: Good for Lakers

D’Angelo Russell is staying with the Lakers next season.

He chose to opt into his player option, making him an unrestricted free agent next summer. This decision means he will continue playing alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis, providing the team with a reliable third scorer and main ball-handler.

Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell told @JordanRichardSC that he plans to exercise his $18.7 million player option and return for next season https://t.co/twqBxQh1V6 — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2024

Russell had a good season last year, averaging 18 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 6.3 assists while shooting well from both the field and three-point range. However, his performance tends to drop in the playoffs which has been a concern for the Lakers.

Future Moves:

General Manager Rob Pelinka might consider trading Russell due to his expiring contract. The Lakers could look for another ball-handler who performs better in high-stakes games. Fans might think this is a smart move if it helps the team win more playoff games.

New coach JJ Redick will try to get more out of Russell this upcoming season. Redick values Russell’s skills in pick-and-roll situations and his ability to drive past defenders. He’ll aim to maximize these strengths without taking away opportunities from James or Davis.

Russell’s choice might be influenced by his current market value as a free agent. To boost his worth before next summer, he needs strong performances throughout the season and especially in the playoffs. If not, he may struggle to get a better contract offer later on.

Both Russell and the Lakers are looking for improvements this year; they want to start strong and make an impression. There’s much at stake for him this season—whether Redick can bring out his best remains uncertain.

Do you think JJ Redick can help D’Angelo play better?

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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