D'Angelo Russell traded from Lakers to Brooklyn

That time finally came, and it's the right move at the right time for everyone involved. "George hasn't requested a trade before he can opt out of his 2018-19 contract, but did have his agent, Aaron Mintz, tell new IN president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard that he wanted to be forthright on his plans and spare the franchise any confusion about his intentions, league sources told The Vertical".

In addition, Wojnarowski notes that the Lakers will indeed be taking LaVar Ball's son with the No. 2 pick. For teams like Dallas that could be looking to snag one of those up, these past headline trades this week increase those odds.

Los Angeles can now offer a pair of maximum contracts in 2018, by trading Mozgov and Russell to Brooklyn for Brook Lopez and this year's No. 27 overall pick. Don't worry about Lopez. After playing for the Cavaliers during their championship run in 2016, Mozgov cashed in as a free agent last summer, signing a lucrative deal with the Lakers.

The move was made Tuesday, with one season remaining on the five-year, $60 million contract Pekovic signed after a breakout 2012-13 season.

The NBA-worst Nets will get a clear talent in Russell, who showed flashes of greatness on a pair of lousy teams. But others thought he wasn't improving fast enough, and had not yet emerged from the immaturity that led him to infamously leak a video of teammate Nick Young talking about cheating on then-girlfriend Iggy Azalea. The kid needed to be traded.

The Knicks have the eighth pick and all along have been targeting a guard with that selection. It likely means that aside from the two, the likes of Larry Nance, Jr. and Ivica Zubac are also potential trade assets. But it wasn't happening for him here.

Russell, heading into his third year, was due $5.562 million next season with a team option for the 2018-19 season. No takers. He becomes the guy who helps them get off Moz $.

Once hired on, Magic Johnson is reported as saying that every player on the Lakers, aside from Ingram, was available for trade.

So there you have it. Jim Buss (there's that name again) chose to give Mozgov a dumb free agent contract at 12:01 past year when free agency started. This trade is great for the Lakers in dumping Mozgov's salary and getting a former all-star in Lopez. Without question, they could take on both Russell and Mosgov or Deng's contract.

The Hawks are sending Howard and the No. 31 overall pick in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft to Charlotte for center Miles Plumlee, shooting guard Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick, a person familiar with the situation said. It also increases their hopes of landing Paul George. Until that happens, the Lakers should continue low-balling the Pacers until they crack.

Gasol signed a two-year deal last summer worth $30 million.

Even if the Lakers are able to acquire George, there is a chance they may not be done yet making moves.

With George on the team, the Lakers become an attractive destination again.

James has hinted that he wants to end his career in Hollywood.

Can you imagine this rotation?