“If (the Lakers) didn’t let me go then, they were gonna let me go now, and I’d be going through what they’re going through,” Russell said.
D'Angelo Russell will fill the void left by injured Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo as an Eastern Conference reserve on February 17.
Russell is averaging career highs in points (19.6) and assists (6.4) this season.
Jimmy Butler inspired the Philadelphia 76ers in the absence of star team-mate Joel Embiid in Detroit on Friday.
Jimmy Butler finished the night with 34 points, six rebounds and six assists. It was his second consecutive game with 38 points.
Stephen Curry logged 37 minutes and scored 27 points in Golden State's 111-102 loss to Detroit
The Brooklyn Nets suffered a "devastating blow" with the loss of shooting guard Caris LeVert to a serious leg injury Monday.
The Brooklyn Nets suffered a "devastating blow" with the loss of shooting guard Caris LeVert to a serious leg injury on Monday.
Guard D'Angelo Russell underwent surgery on his knee, the Brooklyn Nets confirmed.
There is still no immediate update on Russell's return date.