REPORTS: Disappointed Lakers Planning to Hold Trade Discussions to Offload Russell Westbrook

Published 12/14/2021, 12:13 PM EST
Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after being ejected from the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half at Paycom Center. Oklahoma City won 123-115. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers has remained attractive destinations for the NBA’s stars over the years. It is no surprise, that the Lakers are able to assemble a star-studded roster every season. Lakers’ keystones LeBron James and Anthony Davis also play their parts in attracting their colleagues to the franchise. One such star in Russell Westbrook might be in for a rude awakening.

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According to a fresh report, the Lakers have held trade discussions internally. Westbrook remains the subject and central focus of these trade discussions. Jake Fischer, who broke the news reports that the franchise is unhappy with how the roster has failed to blend successfully. The franchise’s executives had initially hoped for a good blend of the trio of LeBron, Davis, and Westbrook.

Fischer’s report states, “The trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook simply hasn’t blended as well as Lakers figures hoped, and Los Angeles has held internal discussions on trade scenarios for Russell Westbrook.”

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However, the Lakers may find out that moving Westbrook away from the franchise will remain a task easier said than done. Westbrook has two years left on his $91 million contract. The organization has not engaged in meaningful talks with other NBA franchises yet. Only a few players in the league have salaries that can match up to Westbrook’s. Hence, the franchise might find it difficult to convince other franchisees to discuss a trade move involving other players.

The Lakers are one of the NBA’s most decorated franchises with 17 NBA titles to their name.

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The Lakers and Russell Westbrook’s concerning woes this season

The Los Angeles Lakers have suffered a mediocre start to their new campaign. A dreadful 121-114 loss to the Golden State Warriors added to Lakers fan’s rage about their trade moves finalized in the off-season. The Lakers had signed Russell Westbrook in the off-season, which many fans had considered an underwhelming move.

Oct 29, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) controls the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In what was a frustrating game, Westbrook committed four turnovers and scored only right points on 4-of-13 shooting against the Warriors. However, as of 7th December, Westbrook has averaged only 4,6 turnovers, previously a big criticism of him by fans. It remains to be seen if the Lakers and their head coach Frank Vogel can get the best out of Westbrook or if they opt for a trade move.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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