Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
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Lakers deal Mozgov, Russell to Nets for Brook Lopez, pick
By ADAM ZAGORIA & JAKE WEINGARTEN
The Lakers have dealt D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Nets for Brook Lopez and the No. 27 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, per The Vertical.
The Nets are getting their point guard of the future in Russell, the former No. 2 pick in the Draft, plus a solid big man in Mozgov, the former Knick who was involved in the Carmelo Anthony trade with Denver.
The Lakers, meantime, get rid of the $54 million on the Mozgov deal and also receive Lopez’s expiring contract of $22.6 million in 2017-18. As The Vertical points out, that paves the way for them to add Paul George and/or LeBron James in free agency in 2018.
The Lakers now own the Nos. 2, 27 and 28 picks on Thursday, while the Nets only have No. 22 in the first round. The Portland Trail Blazers also have three first-rounders.
The Lakers are projected to take UCLA guard Lonzo Ball at No. 2.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.