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Report: The Lakers are not looking to trade D'Angelo Russell following internal fiasco

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The D'Angelo Russell and Nick Young fiasco has got to be the most talked about issue in the NBA right now.

It's been covered pretty meticulously, with Russell apologising, Young apparently accepting, and the Los Angeles Lakers managing to pull off a win over the Miami Heat in between.

Following the fallout, attentions have begun to turn to the wider implications of this monumental error and what it means for Russell and the franchise moving forward.

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The 20-year-old Russell was the second pick in the 2015 draft and the Lakers hierarchy had hoped he could become a major cornerstone for the franchise moving forward past Kobe Bryant.

Young has two more years at over $5 million a season after this campaign. It appears that neither individual is in a hurry to leave L.A, but will the town become too big for the both of them after this mishap?

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Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report, who reports on the Lakers, has stated the organisation are hoping Russell will learn his lessons from this unfortunate affair and they will not look to trade him.

“But the club is not about to give up on him over this: a foolish, ill-conceived undertaking that was at least not malicious in intent,” Ding wrote. “The Lakers believe in Russell’s talent and hope he learns a lesson the hard way about needing to be more professional.”

Coach Byron Scott has questioned the young point guard's attitude and maturity on more than on occasion this term and the recent issues seem to add significant weight to his previous comments.

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Looking at the bigger picture, what could the Lakers really get for Russell now even if they did want to trade him?

Despite an explosion after the All-Star break, which included an outstanding 39 points against the Brooklyn Nets, Russell has had a very hit and miss season.

Following the recent bust-up with Young, Russell's stock has surely never been lower.

Several news outlets have reported that the former Ohio State product has been isolated in the Lakers locker room and he has lost the trust of his teammates. Would any of the league's general managers really want to risk bringing that influence into their locker room?

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He's got a lot of raw talent, that's not up for debate. However, Russell would have to be very, very good to get the Lakers a significant return in a trade if he is continued to be viewed as untrustworthy, or worse, a troublemaker.

Whether it's because he can't be moved, or it's becasue the organisation genuinely has a lot of faith in a talented young man, Russell looks set to stay in California.

Now the Lakers have to hope this unwanted press won't be detrimental to their hopes of attracting top talents in free agency this summer, and that Russell can get his head down and get the media talking about his obvious ability, rather than his personal mistakes.

Topics:
D'Angelo Russell
LA Lakers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Kobe Bryant
Nick Young

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