Lak­ers to ship Rus­sell, Moz­gov to Nets for Lopez

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LOS AN­GE­LES | Three peo­ple with knowl­edge of the deal say the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers have agreed to trade point guard D’An­gelo Rus­sell and high-priced cen­ter Ti­mofey Moz­gov to the Brook­lyn Nets for big man Brook Lopez and the 27th over­all pick in the up­com­ing draft.

The peo­ple spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity Tues­day be­cause the trade hadn’t been con­sum­mated.

The Lak­ers’ new front of­fice led by Magic John­son has boldly de­cided to give up on Rus­sell, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft, af­ter just two years. He av­er­aged 15.6 points and 4.8 as­sists last sea­son while Los An­ge­les strug­gled to its fourth con­sec­u­tive los­ing record.

The deal all but con­firms Los An­ge­les will select UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with the sec­ond over­all pick in the draft Thurs­day, ad­ding the gifted play­maker to run coach Luke Wal­ton’s up-tempo of­fense.

The Lak­ers also ap­pear to be sac­ri­fic­ing Rus­sell to clear the salary cap space eaten up by the fi­nal three sea­sons of the four-year, $64 mil­lion con­tract given to Moz­gov by the pre­vi­ous front of­fice.

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