Russell Westbrook has frequently been associated with the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers, two other NBA teams.
LA has been considering Buddy Hield and Myles Turner from Indiana along with Kyrie Irving from the Nets as the focal points in a possible deal.
The Lakers, though, maintain that they are considering all options in order to enhance their lineup, including the possibility of trading Westbrook to other clubs. The Utah Jazz for Patrick Beverly, Jordan Clarkson, and draught picks, as well as the Dallas Mavericks for a plethora of shooters, have also been discussed. Any trade has so far been derailed by the Lakers’ refusal to throw in two future first-round picks.
According to recent speculations, they might agree to the Brooklyn Nets’ demands in order to sign Irving. A deal centred on Westbrook and the two upcoming first-round choices might be enough to get the unpredictable point guard.
However, a number of basketball experts criticised the LA Lakers’ strategy. They constantly implores the front office to ignore Irving completely. A few former NBA players want the Lakers to acquire Turner and Hield because they are a better match.
Wesbrook’s struggling season might create problems
Russell Westbrook must be conscious that the LA Lakers are seeking to deal him after a flurry of trade negotiations since the trade deadline in February. His split from his old agent seemed to hint such talks might have irked him.
The Lakers may have come to the conclusion that the Westbrook attempt has failed following their terrible season. The former MVP’s belligerence hasn’t exactly helped his cause either because he didn’t recognise his mistakes from last season. For how he performed in his debut season with his hometown team, he placed the blame on everyone but himself.
The Athletic’s Jovan Buha had this to say about the Lakers:
“The dynamic between the Lakers and Russell Westbrook is becoming more untenable with each passing week as the two sides seemingly head for an inevitable divorce.”
The addition of Westbrook might result in a repeat of the absolute failure from the previous campaign, squandering yet another year of LeBron James’ valuable championship window.