Lakers rumours: LA tells ‘anyone who wants to listen’ they won’t trade Russell Westbrook



Lakers feature LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook

It looks like the Los Angeles Lakers Big Three will be back next season.

According to Substack’s Marc Stein, the Lakers plan to keep Russell Westbrook next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The teams are asking Los Angeles to give up additional assets to trade Westbrook and the purple and gold have no interest in doing so.

“The Lakers are once again ignoring the doubters and insisting to everyone who listens that they would rather keep Russell Westbrook on the roster for next season than give away additional assets to convince someone to trade for him” , Stein reported. “The Lakers would also be adamant they won’t release the former MVP and eat his $47.1 million player option for next season after Westbrook picks him up.”

Westbrook shot 44.4% from the field, 29.8% from outside the arc and 66.7% from the free throw line in his first season with the Lakers. The two-time scoring champion and former MVP was second in the NBA in turnovers and his effective field goal percentage of 47.6% was sixth worst in the league.

Westbrook was booed at home games and called “Russell Westbrick.” All in all, it was a tough season for the future Hall of Famer.

However, it looks like the Lakers are banking on their new head coach to revitalize Westbrook.

The Lakers have hired Darvin Ham, who was asked about Westbrook

Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham has agreed to a four-year contract to become the Lakers’ next coach. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Ham was asked how he plans to use Westbrook in his system during his interview.

“Ham will be tasked with getting the Lakers back to the playoffs after a disastrous 33-49 season that cost Frank Vogel his job. One of Ham’s most important directives: finding a way to fit future Hall of Fame guard Russell Westbrook into the franchise with LeBron James and Anthony Davis,” Wojnarowski reported. “It was a big topic of every Lakers coaching interview in the process, sources said.”

Westbrook averaged 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 2021-22. He finished the season with a plus-minus of -211. Russ has a player option worth $47,063,478 for next season and is expected to pick it up.

Westbrook passed away at his last press conference

Westbrook held nothing back at his final press conference of the season on April 11. The UCLA product has called out the Lakers organization multiple times.

“When I got here, unfortunately, people create stories of who I am, what I do and what I believe in that just aren’t true,” Westbrook said. “I always have to prove myself year after year after year, which for me is really unfair. There’s no reason I should. So when I got here, I just felt like I never had a fair chance to be who I needed to be to help this team.

“The famous ‘source’ stories that have come out of myself, whether it’s between me and the staff, me and Frank, me and the fans, there are so many made up stories that aren’t true. That’s just that you always have to constantly fight against it. It’s just not [being] given a fair chance. It’s like, ‘OK, now I have to fight this made-up story. Now I have to fight this one. Now I will fight this one. Now I have to fight this one.

Reporters asked Westbrook what would make him want to play for the Lakers again after everything he’s been through in 2021-22. The California native had this to say: “I mean obviously there will be a lot of different changes depending on who the coach is and our style of play and what we play. So that question is a bit up in the air, but once that decision is made, we’ll go from there.


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