According to a report, the Los Angeles Lakers have a plan in place if they can’t find a trade partner for Russell Westbrook. This looks like some backup plan just in case they don’t get a trade partner for Westbrook.
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Westbrook and the Los Angeles Lakers have seemingly been at odds since they acquired the NBA star. Russ did not have a good season with the Los Angeles Lakers to say the least, and at $47 million a season, it is hard to justify keeping him on their roster. But trading him hasn’t exactly been an easy task, mostly because of his exorbitant salary. The Lakers have tried their hardest to trade Russell Westbrook, but so far nothing has materialized. It is believed that the Lakers are trying to move Russ and their two first-round picks in 2027 and 2029 but like we know, there have been zero takers.
According to a new report from Marc Stein, it has been revealed that the Los Angeles Lakers still want to trade Russ but they are not going to make him stay home if they can’t find a trade. They would much rather he play as they know having him on the floor is better than not having anyone at all.
It was reported not too long ago the Los Angeles Lakers were planning on giving Russ the John Wall treatment, which would be just to pay him not to play.
Either way, it is a tough situation for both parties as it has become apparent that the two sides would prefer to move on from one another.
It looks like, for now Russ and Beverley will be teammates.
Patrick Beverley still was sweating from a workout at the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice facility when Russell Westbrook delivered an assist.
Westbrook interrupted Beverley’s introductory news conference with reporters to toss him a towel, making sure his new backcourt teammate looked good.
“Love that brother,” an appreciative Beverley said. “First dime of the year.”
Westbrook put aside any rivalry with Beverley and was the only Lakers player to attend Beverley’s first official appearance with the team. While it remains to be seen how this point guard pairing might work alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Westbrook and Beverley set the tone Tuesday that they are ready to team up, embracing each other after Beverley was done talking.
“Super excited,” Beverley interrupted when asked about his relationship and fit with Westbrook. “… I was asked this question two, three years ago, [about] someone I always wanted to play with and [Westbrook] was the first name. I have [known] Bron since I was a baby, a rookie in this league, so obviously I want to play with him.
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