As a result of several immature decisions he made while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, D Angelo Russell’s NBA career got off to a difficult start and he was eventually traded to the Brooklyn Nets.
Although it initially appeared like Russell, the No. 2 overall pick, wouldn’t live up to expectations, the struggling point guard was able to revive his career with the Nets and earn an All-Star spot.
Unfortunately, his time in Brooklyn wasn’t very long, as he was eventually traded again, first to the Minnesota Timberwolves and then to the Golden State Warriors.
Russell, who had previously played for a fourth team in his brief career, was traded once again, but strangely, it was back to the Lakers, where he has thrived in the spotlight of Los Angeles.
According to The Athletic via NBA on ESPN, Russell was asked about his time in Minnesota and gave an honest answer about why it didn’t go as planned. Russell came into his own during the second round of the NBA playoffs against the Warriors.
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Even though the Timberwolves were able to reach the postseason this year, Minnesota had a disastrous 2022–23 season as a result of the blockbuster trade for Rudy Gobert not going as planned.
Russell and several of his teammates in Minnesota didn’t get along with Gobert, as was painfully clear when the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year took a swipe at Kyle Anderson during a playoff game.
As for Russell, he appears to fit in well with the Lakers in his second stay and may be in a great position to negotiate a deal this summer, so the future is bright for the former All-Star.