It is no secret that a sword has been hanging above Russell Westbrook in the L.A. Lakers playing squad ever since the team signed Patrick Beverly from Utah Jazz. Not only this but previously, there have also been rumors about Westbrook being traded from the Lakers. However, nothing got confirmed grounds even still. Meanwhile, the latest reports indicate that Westbrook might be benched from the Lakers after his disappointing performance in the 2021 season.
Are The Lakers Benching Russell Westbrook?
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook endured a miserable 2021–22 campaign. And maybe, he will be in competition for his job when training camp opens on September 27 under new head coach Darvin Ham. It is well known that the Lakers have explored several potential trade options this summer.
The Lakers have stocked up on additional point guards this summer, a little past their prime. Earlier this summer, the team acquired Patrick Beverley, another seasoned point guard in a trade. Also, Dennis Schröder, a former Lakers starter, was just signed this week. Both players appear a better fit for a Los Angeles team that should be built around the playmaking of its greatest player, All-NBA forward LeBron James.
This raises the idea that president Rob Pelinka has a deal for Russell Westbrook in mind for a later date this year. That would undoubtedly account for the signings of Schröder and Beverley to an already crowded backcourt. The Athletic’s Jovan Buha and Sam Amick reported that Westbrook being used as a reserve this season is a serious possibility.
Lakers Planning To Trade Westbrook To Spurs!
The Los Angeles Lakers are allegedly still considering the prospect of dealing Russell Westbrook in the near future. But the word is out that Westbrook will almost probably stay with the team when training camp begins. The Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets, and Utah Jazz. Indiana Pacers are said to have discussed a Westbrook deal with the Lakers during the 2022 summer.
According to reports, L.A. has communicated mostly with Utah during the past two weeks. The Jazz is reportedly asking for Purple and Gold’s 2027 and 2029 first-round selections. But no agreement seems to be close to being reached. The Spurs are also keeping an eye on Russell Westbrook’s predicament. Expressing interest in taking on the guard’s $47.1 million payroll in return for draft picks. Additionally, the Lakers are seriously interested in any Spurs players for a private deal between the two teams. However, things may change if Los Angeles’ season opener doesn’t go well.