Source: Free agent guard Russell prefers Nets, Lakers

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According to a source close to the situation, D’Angelo Russell wants to sign with Los Angeles Lakers or re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets. Those are the two teams on the top of his wish list. However, the source reiterated that this is a waiting game based on the fact that Kyrie IrvingKevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard essentially have put the NBA into a deadlock.

Russell would genuinely love to return to Los Angeles and play for the Lakers, according to the source. While his love of Brooklyn has already been well documented, the interest in returning to the Lakers is the most fascinating development in terms of his unique free-agency situation. The All-Star guard was shipped out of Los Angeles in what was essentially a salary dump during the summer of 2017. In Brooklyn, he resurrected his promising career leading the team to its first playoff berth in five years and averaging more than 21 points and seven assists per game.

Meanwhile, the Nets are reportedly in the midst of trying to lure Irving and Durant to Brooklyn, which would not allow Russell to re-sign. The same situation is going on with the Lakers, who are reportedly chasing Leonard and other max free-agents.

If the option to re-sign with the Nets or join the Lakers comes off of the table, then Russell will have to look at other teams, like the Timberwolves, who he already has a meeting set up with according to Yahoo! Sports. The source confirmed that there was an interest from the Timberwolves in executing a sign-and-trade of Andrew Wiggins for Russell.

As for some other teams that could need a point guard if his preferred destinations of Brooklyn and Los Angeles fail to come to fruition, the source mentioned the Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks as possibilities.