Woj reports Lopez to the Lakers from Brooklyn for Mozgov, Russell, 27th pick

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Brooklyn Nets are sending Brook Lopez and the 27th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to the Los Angeles Lakers for Timofey Mozgov and and D'Angelo Russell.

This is a surprisingly solid deal for both teams involved, and is likely mainly to clear the books for the infamously bad Mozgov deal from Los Angeles' books with the anticipation of signing marquee free agents over the next two summers. It may also signal the Lakers' intent to sign a point guard, either via the draft or in free agency.

Brook may be in the Lakers' long-term plans, but is only under contract for next season, so could be an option to clear space for his new team as much as his old one. It is less clear what role Russell will have next to Jeremy Lin with the Nets, but the move in and of itself will probably have little overall impact on the value of the 2018 Brooklyn Nets pick controlled by the Boston Celtics.

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