D’Angelo Russell has made a significant move to help the Lakers by waiving his implied no-trade clause. The decision was revealed by Keith Smith of Spotrac, who shared the details of Russell’s new two-year contract.
The contract is guaranteed for $36 million, with the second season being a player option. Russell also has $700,000 in incentives in each season of the deal.
This move is notable as Russell is believed to be the first player to agree to waive an implied no-trade clause under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The rule allows players to waive the implied no-trade clause upon signing the contract, rather than just at the time of trade.
Jovan Buha of The Athletic confirmed the report, emphasizing the significance of Russell’s decision for the Lakers’ flexibility at the trade deadline. With the implied no-trade clause waived, Russell no longer has veto rights over potential trades, giving the Lakers more freedom to make moves to improve their roster.
Russell’s willingness to waive his implied no-trade clause showcases his commitment to the Lakers and his desire to help the team succeed. It provides the organization with increased flexibility to explore trade options as they aim to build a competitive roster.