Everybody is aware of the Los Angeles Lakers have been attempting laborious to commerce Russell Westbrook for the previous six months.
Such efforts began with a proposed deal that might’ve despatched him and draft capital to the Houston Rockets for John Wall, however L.A. stated no.
Up to now this summer season, the staff has requested about Kyrie Irving, Buddy Hield and Myles Turner to no consequence.
A giant downside is the very fact Westbrook is seen as having little, if any worth, by different groups. Maybe the most important cause is his contract, which pays him about $47 million this season.
The 2017 league MVP is probably going a greater participant than his notion proper now, however not one value $47 million.
In line with Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, one NBA agent instructed the Lakers wait till the buying and selling deadline this winter to do away with Westbrook.
By way of Bleacher Report:
“He’ll develop into simpler to commerce nearer to the deadline (with the Lakers answerable for greater than half of his 2022-23 wage). That’s loads much less cash for an proprietor to spend,” the agent stated. “Groups are extra real looking on the place they stand at that time. Different gamers develop into sad. Some might develop into out there that (merely) aren’t proper now.”
Apart from Irving, there isn’t any Westbrook commerce on the horizon that might immediately flip Los Angeles right into a title contender once more.
If it fails to deal him earlier than the beginning of the season, will probably be caught with him for at the least the time being. Some have speculated the staff would possibly ship him residence and refuse to play him to stop strained vibes and relations, however the best way head coach Darvin Ham has talked about him, it’s laborious to think about such a situation proper now.