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Jun 29, 2024 10:52 am

Reports: D’Angelo Russell to opt in, stay with Lakers

D'Angelo Russell

Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell plans to exercise his $18.7 million option to remain with the team, according to multiple reports.

Russell was acquired at the 2023 trade deadline and put up two strong regular seasons — including setting a franchise record last season with 226 3-pointers in 76 games — but sputtered in the playoffs both years.

Last offseason, Russell signed a two-year deal that included this player option.

Russell’s decision appears to be influenced by the Lakers’ recent change at head coach. Los Angeles parted ways with Darvin Ham — who had a sometimes tumultuous relationship with Russell — and hired JJ Redick.

“I love what JJ is about and I really see myself thriving under his guidance to help win at a high level,” Russell told ESPN Friday night.

Russell, 28, averaged 18.0 points and 6.3 assists last season. Drafted by the Lakers as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, he’s averaged 17.8 points and 5.8 assists per game with the Lakers (2015-17, 2023-24), Brooklyn Nets (2017-19), Golden State Warriors (2019-20) and Minnesota Timberwolves (2020-23).

He was selected to the All-Star team during the 2018-19 season, when he averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists with the Nets.

–Field Level Media

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