Los Angeles Lakers: 4 reasons to avoid signing D’Angelo Russell

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In two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, D’Angelo Russell showed flashes of potential. However, it would not be a wise decision for them to bring him back

As the start of the NBA’s free agency period on June 30 approaches, there are whispers that the Los Angeles Lakers will be looking at certain players. One of them is a former Laker who donned the purple and gold very recently: D’Angelo Russell.

He was the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft after showing lots of promise in his lone season at Ohio State University, averaging 19.3 points and 5.0 assists per game while shooting 41.1 percent from 3-point land. Star-starved Lakers fans welcomed him with open arms and expected big things out of him.

He didn’t exactly deliver in two seasons in Los Angeles, averaging only 14.3 points and 4.0 assists per game while shooting just over 40 percent from the field. After being traded to the Brooklyn Nets nearly two years ago, he seemed to blossom this season, putting up 21.1 points and 7.0 assists per game while shooting 36.9 percent from downtown and earning his first ever All-Star nod.

However, what he did this season is misleading.

The Lakers have been rumored to be interested in signing him as a free agent this summer. Here are four reasons why it would be a bad idea.