Two days before the draft, Magic made the decision of trading his 21-year-old point guard and Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets, for Brook Lopez.
On Friday morning, Magic Johnson, the Lakers president of basketball operations, was asked about his decision to trade Russell and he did not hold anything back.
“D’Angelo is an excellent player,” Johnson said, per ESPN.com’s Baxter Holmes. “He has the talent to be an All-Star. We want to thank him for what he did for us. But what I needed was a leader. I needed somebody also that can make the other players better and also [somebody] that players want to play with.”
Tough love from the greatest point guard ever, now that Russell is out of Los Angeles. Lonzo Ball has the green light to run this team. Johnson said Lonzo was the new face of the franchise and who he believes will lead them to a championship.
For Russell, I believe he will become an All-Star for the Nets. Every year, his game has grown, in his rookie season, he averages 13.2 pts, 3.4 rebs, 3.3 asts, and 1.2 stls and last year, which was his 2nd season he averages 15.6 pts, 3.5 reb, 4.8 asts, and 1.4 stls. So D’Angelo Russell will only keep growing as a player and will be able to become an All-Star in Brooklyn.