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Lakers reportedly have meeting set with D’Angelo Russell

The Los Angeles Lakers have been viewed as a logical fit for D’Angelo Russell if he ends up leaving the Brooklyn Nets, and the team appears to agree that the star point guard is worth a second look.

Fred Roggin of NBC LA reported on Tuesday that the Lakers have already scheduled a meeting with Russell, who is set to become a restricted free agent.

The Nets will have the ability to match any offer Russell receives, but they may not be motivated to do so if they sign Kyrie Irving and/or Kevin Durant. The Lakers have a need at point guard after trading Lonzo Ball as part of a package to land Anthony Davis, so a reunion makes plenty of sense

Russell had a breakout season with the Nets last year. He averaged a career-high 21.1 points and 7.0 assists per game and was named to his first All-Star team. All signs point to him at least entertaining the thought of a reunion now that Magic Johnson is no longer a part of LA’s front office, and something he said a couple years back makes it seem like the Lakers have assembled his dream roster.

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