It hasn’t been a good season for the Lakers at all.
They have dealt with injuries and covid which has hurt their chances of creating any chemistry. However, their biggest issue is their lack of effort on defense which has led to a 22-22 record.
Fans aren’t happy at all and want pretty much the whole team traded. At the top of the list is Russell Westbrook who won’t get traded for the simple fact no one wants him according to Bleacher Report.
The primary questions from rivals center around the decision to trade away the team’s depth for Russell Westbrook. Finding anyone outside of the L.A. front office who liked that decision at the time was difficult.
Most competing executives just didn’t get what the Lakers were hoping to accomplish, citing the $91.3 million Westbrook is owed through next season (assuming he opts in at $47.1 million), the loss of depth from the trade, the No. 22 draft pick given up (the Indiana Pacers selected Isaiah Jackson) and the choice not to pay Alex Caruso enough to stay.
The lack of depth has hurt the Lakers’ ability to weather several injuries and games lost to the health and safety protocols. Anthony Davis and Kendrick Nunn are still out with knee injuries. Both LeBron James and Talen Horton-Tucker missed time early.
The team could try to trade Westbrook, but sources say the market is nonexistent. If he were in the final year of his deal, the Lakers might have a shot. But at this point, no other team wants to commit to paying Westbrook $47 million next season.
Lots of Laker fans still want him gone though. It’s gotten so bad that one fan made a diss track about him and slid in Russ’ DMs to let him hear it.
After that blew up, he made one about the whole team.
Hopefully, things change for the Lakers.
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