ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski says D'Angelo Russell is a top target for the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers selected D’Angelo Russell with the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, but the former Ohio State star struggled to live up to expectations in LA and was involved in locker room drama, leading to his eventual departure in June of 2017.
The Lakers traded Russell and Timofey Mozgov to Brooklyn for Brook Lopez and Kyle Kuzma, and Russell has since developed into an All-Star caliber guard for the Nets. Russell was hampered by knee surgery in his first season away from the Lakers, but he played 81 games last season and posted career-highs in scoring, assists, rebounds and minutes, en route to a first career All-Star selection. Just two years after his unceremonious exit, Russell may just become the Lakers’ most-coveted free agency prize, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Brooklyn has become a premier destination for free agent stars, providing the allure of New York City without the organizational dysfunction of the Knicks – and Russell may be shuffled out of the mix just as the Nets are ready to take the next step and become a legitimate contender in the East.
Brooklyn is speculated to be the favorite to land Kyrie Irving, who seems certain to leave the Celtics this summer after a frustrating season in Boston. With two max slots, the Nets could potentially lure both Irving and potential partner Kevin Durant to the Barclays Center – but that would require the Nets to part ways with Russell, who is in line for a max contract.
According to Wojnarowski, if Russell becomes available, he’ll be at the top of the Lakers’ list as a co-star to LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

“The Lakers are waiting to see if D’Angelo Russell becomes an unrestricted free agent. If Kyrie Irving goes to Brooklyn and Brooklyn renounces [Russell’s] rights and allows him to become unrestricted, then he can fit right into the max salary slot [the Lakers] have there. And now you’d have D’Angelo Russell, LeBron James, Anthony Davis. Essentially a big three. For LA, it would give them a playmaking guard that they desperately need.
…. Their other option is to break up that money into two, three pieces. Perhaps a Darren Collison, a Terrence Ross, who can shoot. The Lakers have some options here. But D’Angelo Russell is at the top of that list.”