Lakers planning to play D'Angelo Russell as off-guard

Could the Los Angeles Lakers be grooming D'Angelo Russell to be their next shooting guard?

Just hours after Russell scored a career-high 40 points in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Luke Walton announced his intention to play the second-year guard "off the ball" a lot more during the remainder of the season:

Russell made the start for shooting guard Nick Young (illness) while playing alongside Jordan Clarkson.

More importantly, this may be setting the stage for the Lakers to draft a point guard with their likely top-three draft pick in 2017. The franchise has been linked to UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball and considering Russell has yet to prove he can be a great ball distributor, the Lakers may be setting up Russell to be a shooting guard in the future.

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