Two former Buckeye basketball players are on the move in the NBA.
The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly finalizing a deal to land D'Angelo Russell, who was drafted by the organization after one year at Ohio State in 2015, while the Utah Jazz are set to send Mike Conley to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Breaking: The Lakers are finalizing deal to land DAngelo Russell, Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt.— ESPN (@espn) February 9, 2023
The Jazz will send Mike Conley and picks to the Timberwolves, while Russell Westbrook and a lightly protected 2027 LA first-round pick head to the Jazz, sources tell @wojespn. pic.twitter.com/Fav40iF5pI
The three-team trade will send Lakers' guard Russell Westbrook and a lightly-protected first-round 2027 draft pick to Utah, with Los Angeles receiving Russell, Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt in return. Minnesota would get Conley and draft picks in the deal.
Russell played his first two seasons with the Lakers before stints with Brooklyn, Golden State and Minnesota over the past six years. Conley has spent the last four years in Utah after playing his first 12 seasons in Memphis.
Conley averaged 10.7 points and 7.7 assists per game in 43 appearances with the Jazz this season while Russell averaged 17.9 points and 6.2 assists for Minnesota in 54 games in 2022-23.