Celtics Seen as Good Fit for Russell Westbrook Trade Amidst Rumors of Lakers-76ers Talks

Published 01/01/2022, 5:30 PM EST


With the Lakers struggling to find their form this season, it won’t be surprising if we see some trades. With trade rumors involving LeBron James making the rounds, this time it’s Russell Westbrook.

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The Lakers guard has been linked to Boston Celtics.

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Will Westbrook join Boston Celtics?

Fans expected the Lakers trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook to counter the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving looked sensational on paper just like Lakers’. And despite keeping Irving on the sidelines, the Nets have performed well this season.

According to HoopsHype, “The Boston Celtics are a team that could use a more traditional point guard, and Westbrook theoretically could be a decent fit there since their best lineup would have three good shooters surrounding him.

Nov 21, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) and forward Anthony Davis (3) react after a play during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Westbrook’s huge salary is a major obstacle, as not many teams can afford him. Al Horford, Josh Richardson, and Juancho Hernangomez of the Boston Celtics combined amount for the same salary as Russell Westbrook.

His contract will pose a problem as interested teams need to figure out a way in order to land the signature of the point guard. Westbrook’s future with the Lakers remains in jeopardy with dismal performances all season.

Russell Westbrook this season

Westbrook has been on the receiving end of fans, analysts, and former players. They have bashed Westbrook and Anthony Davis mercilessly for their play and inability to find form.

Westbrook was brought in by the Lakers on a $91 million contract till 2023. During the match against Memphis Grizzlies, the Lakers bottled a third-quarter lead. Despite scoring a triple-double in that match, Westbrook committed five errors which led to the Lakers losing the game.

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The Memphis game pretty much sums up Westbrook’s season so far. He has committed far too many costly errors, especially during the fourth quarter of the game. “Russ has very loud, very important mistakes. High leverage mistakes and moments have been a major problem for Russ all year round,” said Brian Kamenetzky of the Locked on Lakers podcast.

Westbrook averages 19.5 points per game,8.2 rebounds, and 8.4 assists this season. With the Lakers struggling for a playoff spot, Westbrook really needs to up his game.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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