Lakers free agency rumors: Los Angeles has 'strong interest' in bringing back D'Angelo Russell

The Lakers traded D'Angelo Russell to the Nets in 2017. He is coming off of the best year of his career.

D'Angelo Russell in action.   -  (Getty Images)

The Lakers want to bring back D'Angelo Russell. Los Angeles has a strong interest in signing the Nets guard in free agency, according to Bleacher Report.

The team plans to have a face-to-face meeting with Russell when free agency officially begins June 30.

Russell also reportedly has mutual interest in returning to Los Angeles.

"If the money is right," one source told Bleacher report.

The return of Russell would have a couple of interesting aspects. For one, the Lakers don't currently have a third max slot available, which would make it very difficult to sign the Nets guard.

However, they are trying to clear up space for a max slot by trading one or a collection of Mo Wagner, Isaac Bonga or Jemerrio Jones. That could clear up space, and if they convince Anthony Davis to waive his trade kicker, they could save another few million as well.

Secondly, Russell didn't exactly leave Los Angeles on good terms, and former team president Magic Johnson wasn't exactly complimentary of the guard on his way out.

"We want to thank him for what he did for us," Johnson said. "But what I needed was a leader.”

Not the kindest of statements. But, with Johnson's resignation at the end of the year, it's possible Russell has no one to dislike left in the franchise.

So we'll see what happens, but it certainly appears a return could be in the cards for Russell.