The Los Angeles Lakers may have just paved the way for Lonzo Ball to be taken with the No. 2 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Lakers have traded point guard D'Angelo Russell and Tomofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for center Brook Lopez and the No. 27 pick in the 2017 draft.
Russell, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft, is averaging 18 points and 5 assists in two seasons with the Lakers.
Wojnarowski pointed out that this is a long-term move for the Lakers who shed $54 million remaining on Mozgov's deal and add Lopez's expiring contract.
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