Lakers have strong interest in restricted free agent Russell

Sam Amico

The Los Angeles Lakers have a strong interest in pursing free agent guard (and former Laker) D'Angelo Russell, an Amico Hoops source confirmed.

Zach Lowe of ESPN first mentioned the Lakers' interest in Russell, who could be parting ways with the Brooklyn Nets. Russell is a restricted free agent, but the possibility exists the Nets could renounce his rights if they sign Kyrie Irving.

Meanwhile, the Lakers are looking for another All-Star to pair alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. A player such as Russell -- traded from LA by former team president Magic Johnson in 2017 -- could be the ideal complementary guard.

The Lakers are in need of a younger guard after trading Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart to the New Orleans Pelicans deal.

The Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves are other teams that are expected to make a strong push for Russell. As of now, the Nets could match any offer he receives.

The Nets were one of the league's best stories this past season, their young core pushing its way to the Eastern Conference playoffs, with Russell among those leading the way.