Lakers Rumors: Eastern Conf. Upstart Eyeing D'Angelo Russell

It's been a roller coaster season for D'Angelo Russell and the Los Angeles Lakers, as the point guard's time in LA has seemed tenuous on occasion. A brilliant run leading up to the trade deadline ensured his spot on the team for the rest of the season, but now, once again, rumours are engulfing the beleaguered guard.

A new report states that the Orlando Magic are interested in adding the veteran to their backcourt this off-season. Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports that if Russell opts out of his $18.7 million player option for the 2024-25 season, the Magic will be a prime contender to sign him:
Orlando’s the team. Orlando is the team that talking to people with the Lakers, talking to people outside the Lakers, Orlando is the team that probably gives them the most concern in terms of a potential suitor.
The Magic could potentially have $50-60 million in cap space, as HoopsHype reports, and they are a team that is looking to improve its shooting this summer. They rank in the bottom third of the league in shooting percentages from every distance on the court, and are dead last in three-pointers made. Orlando will be looking to open up the lanes for the likes of Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner next season. 

Russell could be the solution, as he is firing from long range this season at an impressive 42% clip, and at over 44% on catch-and-shoot threes, and from the left and right corner on threes. He's also hitting on 46% of his field goals overall. 
The 27-year-old is still in the prime of his career, averaging 18 points and 6.4 assists for the Lakers this season. 

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