‘I Can’t Fathom’: Russell Westbrook Casts Doubt on His Future With the Los Angeles Lakers

Published 08/17/2021, 6:30 AM EDT


Former MVP Russell Westbrook joined his home team, the Los Angeles Lakers this summer. His famous trade led to the formation of Lakers Big 3 alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. After hopping through different rosters for the past three years, is Los Angeles another layover for Russell Westbrook?

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During the 2021 trading season, the Lakers acquired Russell Westbrook from Washington Wizards. In exchange for the veteran guard, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and No. 22 draft pick were traded by the Lakers.

Westbrook has been in the headlines since his decision of wearing the purple-gold jersey. With the three offensive powerhouses starting for the Lakers next season, team strategy is expected to make a notable shift.

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Russell Westbrook believes in focusing on present goals

Not long after this trade, Russell Westbrook came to the debate table regarding his years with the LA franchise. After his 11-year tenure at the Oklahoma City Thunder, the 9-time All-star has shifted three teams – Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards, and now the Lakers. Well, this time also Westbrook isn’t looking for a future at the franchise. He seems determined about the present at the Lakers.

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In a recent press conference, Westbrook elaborated on his plans. “My vision, in this league, you understand this is a business. You just do your job, and that’s what I’ll continue to do. As far as the business side of basketball and figuring out where I will be, I wouldn’t imagine that I’ll be here three or four years ago. It’s just something that I can’t fathom.”

Apr 28, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) jokes with Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) after their game at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The star point guard further added – “But while I’m here, I will compete in the best way I know how, give everything that I have and I’ll let the business side of basketball take care of that.”

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Westbrook’s contract with the Lakers will earn him $44.2 million for the 2021-22 season along with a player option worth $47.1 million for the next year. While Lakers are spending a sizeable chunk of their salary cap for their newly formed Big 3, Russell Westbrook may not be their guest for long. Fans are yet to find out his plans with the team.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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