Lakers get: C Brook Lopez, #27 pick in draft (Kyle Kuzma: PF, Utah, Junior)
Nets get: PG/SG D'Angelo Russell, C Timofey Mozgov
D'Angelo Russell was appropriately hyped coming out of a phenomenal year at Ohio State that led the Lakers to decide to spend the second overall pick in the 2015 draft -- only behind the one-and-only Karl Anthony-Towns -- on him. Russell met, but didn't necessarily exceed, expectations in his rookie year with averages of 13.2 points and 3.3 assists in his first year but was still plagued with scouts' main concerns of him coming out of OSU: turnovers (2.5 per game, which is high for someone who plays under 30 minutes per game) and inefficient shooting (41.0% from the field). Critics expected him to work past those issues beginning in year two; however, D'Angelo hardly this past season: 15.6 points and 4.8 assists were up, but the turnovers actually increased to 2.8 per game and the shooting dropped to 40.5%. The lack (backfiring, in fact) of expected improvement in these all-important latter two statistics in D'Angelo this past season must have set off alarm bells in Lakers President Magic Johnson's head, fearing that the point guard might never become a truly efficient player. However, that assumption seems to be hasty and premature, as history has shown that it's generally the right thing to do to give young guards with as much talent as Russell the benefit of the doubt on efficiency issues common in their youth.