3 teams that could sign D’Angelo Russell away from the Lakers

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 10: D'Angelo Russell #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers brings the ball up court during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors in game five of the Western Conference Semifinal Playoffs at Chase Center on May 10, 2023 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 10: D'Angelo Russell #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers brings the ball up court during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors in game five of the Western Conference Semifinal Playoffs at Chase Center on May 10, 2023 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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3. Dallas Mavericks

The Kyrie Irving trade did not exactly go as planned for the Dallas Mavericks last season. The team actively got worse after it traded for Kyrie and missed the playoffs altogether. Dallas didn’t even have a chance to extend its season in the play-in despite having one of the best young players in the entire sport

With it crashing and burning so hard, it is really unclear to see what Dallas is going to do with Kyrie. Any sensible fan that is not in the weeds for the team would say that the Mavericks should just move on. But that is really hard to do when you commit assets to a player like Kyrie.

If Kyrie does leave then the team may look for another point guard that can knock down shots and take over the offensive playmaking during stretches to give Luka a break. Dallas does not have as much cap space as the other teams but the team could move money around to try and bring Russell into the fold.

There is also a nightmare scenario for Lakers fans that could result in D’Angelo Russell joining the Mavericks

Perhaps the scariest thing that can happen to the Lakers this offseason would be orchestrating a double sign-and-trade between Russell and Irving. Irving is a big name but bringing him to LA would be a massive mistake by the Lakers.

With the Kyrie situation so up in the air, the Mavericks have to be considered a potential Russell landing spot regardless of how he ends up on the roster.

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