Russell Westbrook had a disappointing year with the Los Angeles Lakers, and there’s no doubt he was often criticized for his ineffective, high-rotation style of play. There has been a lot of speculation that Westbrook could be moved before the start of the season.
The most common trade storyline involving Russell Westbrook shows him being traded to the Brooklyn Nets for Kyrie Irving. Brian Windhorst previously claimed it was only a matter of time before the deal was done.
“Kyrie is an extremely talented player, but at $36 million with a one-year contract, it’s hard to find teams that have the build to offer and are going to accept the risk. You can spend five minutes or five hours looking at him. look and you’re gonna come to an answer the only team is the Los Angeles Lakers Any trade with the Lakers and the Nets for Kyrie Irving has to have Russell Westbrook in it It just has to… so I think that’s will eventually happen, but I think it’s going to be a struggle along the way.
Michael Scotto of HoopsHype recently revealed that the Lakers don’t want to give up several first-round picks to move Russell Westbrook. He added that the Nets would likely want a first-round pick to face Russell Westbrook and send off Kyrie Irving, and another to try “to get another team like the Spurs or the Pacers” to accept Russell Westbrook’s contract.
Currently, the Lakers are unwilling to give up multiple first-round picks to trade Russell Westbrook, league sources tell HoopsHype. In the speculated hit trade of Westbrook and Irving, the Nets would likely want a first-round pick to move Irving and face Westbrook. The Nets would likely want an extra first round to entice another team like the Spurs or Pacers to take Westbrook as the third team in a deal.
It remains to be seen if Russell Westbrook will end up being moved on in the future. He’s still a solid player and could provide veteran experience to a younger roster. There’s also always the possibility of Westbrook eventually bouncing back next year.
Hopefully we’ll see Russell Westbrook perform well next season, whether it’s on the Los Angeles Lakers or otherwise. If Westbrook stays with the Lakers, then maybe Darvin Ham can get the best out of him and help him fit in better next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis.