It appears that the Lakers have interest in bringing back D'Angelo Russell, the player they drafted second overall in the 2015 NBA Draft.
According to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Lakers have 'serious interest' in the All-Star point guard. Charania cites the Lakers' familiarity with Russell as one of the main reasons they'd be interested in a re-union with him.
The Nets have shown interest in pairing free agents Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant together, and SNY Insider Ian Begley has noted that if the Nets were to sign Irving, Russell would likely be the odd man out on the Nets' roster.
Russell has steadily improved his game in each of his four NBA seasons, earning his first All-Star selection in 2018-19 when he averaged 21.1 points, 7.0 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game.
He also had his best year from beyond the arc, shooting 36.9 percent from three. His three-point shooting and playmaking ability would seemingly be a good fit for a Lakers' roster that already has superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis in the starting lineup.
Any offer the Lakers could give Russell could be matched by the Nets, should they choose to use some of their cap space on the four-year pro.