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D'Angelo is In, C. Wood is out? NBA rumors had the Lakers center being traded

By James Brown

D'Angelo is In, C. Wood is out? NBA rumors had the Lakers center being traded

The Lakers could be making a trade after all ahead of the NBA's deadline, but D'Angelo Russell won't be the team's trading piece anymore

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In the last couple of months, reports had the Los Angeles Lakers looking to make a trade ahead of the NBA deadline with D'Angelo Russell being set as the main trading piece, but things have changed after his latest performances and the team's current 3-game winning streak.

“If L.A. doesn't do a larger deal, don't be surprised if the Lakers surrender a second-round pick to land Wood on another roster,” reported John Hollinger of The Athletic recently.

“His $3 million player option for next season will likely make this more expensive than a typical deal with a minimum expiring contract — it will likely require a real second and not just cash. But in L.A'.s case, the financial calculus of accessing the roughly $9 million tax distribution to below-tax teams is going to make it a worthwhile transaction.”

Christian Wood has had a bit of an up-and-down season so far in his new Lakers threads, including recently tweeting “lol” shortly after the Los Angeles starting lineup was announced vs the Atlanta Hawks, without him in it. Surely a coincidence.

The Lakers are bringing the "Black Mamba Edition" uniforms back

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