When the Lakers exchanged D'Angelo Russell, they said it was done solely for reasons on the court. Now, Magic Johnson finally admitted that the Nets connected to the 23-year-old All-Star thanks to their Snapchat error.
In Monday's explosive interview on ESPN's "First Take," Johnson acknowledged that after Russell had secretly recorded his teammate Nick Young's confession of infidelity and shared it on Snapchat, he knew he had to get rid of the young man. guard.
"I said we're going to swap some people, get some draft picks, and so on. D & # 39; Angelo, great guard, but he had a problem when Shaggy P and all Nick, everything collapsed," Johnson said. "So I knew we had to get it out."
The Nets are happy that Johnson has done it. The general manager, Sean Marks, who knew Russell from the time of the guard in the state of Ohio, was more than happy to launch and negotiate for the 2015 number 2 selection two summers ago in a devalued state.
It is the first time that Johnson recognizes that the error of social networks as the driving force of the agreement. So far, he and the Lakers have always cited reasons on the court.
"He has the talent to be an All-Star. We want to thank him for what he did for us, but what he needed was a leader," Johnson said at the time. "I needed someone who could also improve the other players and also [somebody] Let the players want to play. "
For those who need a review, Russell had recorded Young, known as Swaggy P, but he pardoned Johnson for not keeping up with the nicknames, admitting that he had tricked the promised Iggy Azalea. Then, after Russell posted the recording on his Snapchat private account, it was leaked. Young and Azalea are subsequently divided.
And so did Russell and the Lakers.
Johnson was desperate to get rid of Timofey Mozgov's bloated contract, and the Nets had a lot of space on the top to handle a salary dump. When Marks agreed to part with the 27th team (which eventually became Kyle Kuzma), Johnson switched to Russell.
"We feel good about making that deal," Johnson said Monday.
But this season, Russell blossomed with a campaign of the best race. He averaged 21.1 points, 7.0 assists and earned his first All-Star spot by leading the Nets to an amazing sixth in the Eastern Conference.
Russell will be a restricted free agent in July, unless the Nets can lock him in an extension before he reaches the open market.
The Nets lost their fourth manager / executive this summer, as Gianluca Pascucci went to the Timberwolves.
The agreement, reported for the first time by ESPN and confirmed by The Post, continues the brain drain in the staff of the Nets office.
Coach Kenny Atkinson had credited Pascucci, the director of global scouting for the Nets, for finding the second-round steal Rodions Kurucs.