Mitch Kupchak told D’Angelo Russell not to worry about trade rumors

first_imgWalton then brought up how Curry’s work ethic largely elevated his shooting.“‘Get your jump shot and ability to score the ball up to par like he did,’” Russell recalled Walton telling him. “It’ll have defenders not knowing if they should close out to block your shot or close out to defend you. That’s when it causes hell for other teams.”Commercial shootRussell offered some self-deprecation in a Foot Locker commercial with an indirect reference toward secretly recording Nick Young admitting to infidelities.LSU prospect and close friend Ben Simmons asked Minnesota’s Karl Anthony-Towns, Phoenix’s Devin Booker and Russell on advice about thriving in the NBA. Russell took Simmons’ phone and threw it. EL SEGUNDO >> The indifference regarding endless trade scenarios went beyond D’Angelo Russell’s confidence and talent. “You hear trade talks,” Russell said on Tuesday at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “Then you get a text from your GM saying he trusts your work ethic and don’t worry about it.”Russell represents one of the few assets the Lakers could dangle in a trade for a veteran or for another draft pick. But it hardly appeared Russell’s future seems in question. He has spent most of the offseason working out at the Lakers’ practice facility and peppering Lakers coach Luke Walton with questions over the phone. “Please don’t take this the wrong way,” Russell said. “He didn’t compare me to Steph (Curry). But I asked him a lot about Steph. I asked him a lot of Steph questions about how he got to this point.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Young may have tweeted sarcastically, “real funny.” But Russell’s commercial sparked strong reviews.“It was more fun and bringing light to the situation,” Russell said. “The situation is past me.”Summer league slateThe Lakers will begin their summer league scheduled with games against New Orleans (July 8), Philadelphia (July 9) and Golden State (July 11) at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Russell, second-year forward Larry Nance Jr. and second-year forward Anthony Brown are expected to play along with the Lakers’ No. 2 and No. 32 picks.Man in chargeThe Lakers promoted assistant trainer Marco Nunez as head athletic trainer. Gary Vitti retired from a 32-year career following the 2015-16 season. The Lakers also added D-Fenders trainer Nina Hsieh to their staff. Staff writer Bill Oram contributed to this reportlast_img

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