Since the Los Angeles Lakers season ended in disappointment, questions have swirled around Russell Westbrook’s future.
As we entered the final months of last season, Westbrook’s relationship with the fan base began to deteriorate rapidly – with that being unacceptable by the time the Lakers season ended. Part of the breakdown in the relationship was undoubtedly the fact that Westbrook had regressed as a player but seemed to be the only one unwilling to accept it.
According to Jovan Buha of The AthelticIt was this lack of sense of self that made the move from Westbrook such a daunting task for the Lakers.
“Russ doesn’t have the self-consciousness to admit that he is in the prime of his career. He’s turned down on a large scale and no one wants him right now… For the Lakers to expose him, they need to attach at least one asset, if not more. Russ doesn’t really admit it and it’s like an elephant in the room,” Buha said on a July 28 episode of The Athletic’s Daily Ding.
Westbrook finished last season with an average of 18.5 points, 7.1 assists and 7.4 rebounds per game while shooting from the field was 44.4% – an average most bodyguards would kills, but is clearly a drop in output from Westbrook’s point of view and certainly an incredible return for a player with the utilization rate that the UCLA column enjoys.
Westbrook Fire Agent
While Westbrook hasn’t announced his intention to leave the Lakers this summer, it seems like his ideal end to the current saga he finds himself a part of. Westbrook both confirmed their intentions when deciding to part ways with their longtime agent, Thad Foucher.
Shortly after the pair ended their working relationship, Foucher released a press statement via ESPN, all but confirming that Westbrook wanted to move out of Los Angeles and that it didn’t align with his prospects. Foucher about the current situation.
“Now, with the possibility of a fourth trade in four years, the market is telling the Lakers that they must add value to Russell in any trading situation. And even then, such a transaction could require Russell to immediately move from the new team through an acquisition.
I believe this type of transaction only devalues Russell and his best option is to stay with the Lakers, embracing the starting role and support that Darvin Ham has made public. Russell is the first Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame player to vote and will prove it again before he retires,” Foucher wrote in his statement.
LeBron and Westbrook seem to have problems
When LeBron James and Westbrook both attended the Lakers Summer League inaugural game in Las Vegas, where they faced the Phoenix Suns, the pair drew attention by being at opposite ends of the gym, avoiding any interaction. any with each other.
“There was one notable exception among the guests: Russell Westbrook, who sat in the opposite corner of the Thomas & Mack Center next to the players of the summer league, on the far side of James… Westbrook joined in. team gatherings, but never walked across the gym – and so did James, who came and left from another entrance on the opposite side of the gymnasium… It was an ice scene. prices are sure to get people talking,” wrote Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register on July 8.
Unfortunately for both Westbrook and LeBron, it doesn’t look like a commercial market for the veteran guard’s services, and with Los Angeles unlikely to consider buying out the final year of his contract, looks like everyone will need to work through the issues and commit to making things work next season. If not, it could be another early start to the summer for all involved.
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