“It tells you about their basketball acumen” Chris Broussard believes the Lakers intentionally leaked news of Russell Westbrook staying for another year

As per Sport columnist and analyst Los Angeles Lakers are using the Russell Westbrook situation to their advantage and still spreading some false rumors about keeping him.

Chris Broussard on Russell Westbrook situation at Los Angeles Lakers
Chris Broussard on Russell Westbrook situation at Los Angeles Lakers

With nothing being certain in and around Los Angeles Lakers, Chris Broussard considers that franchise has intentionally leaked news of Russell Westbrook staying for next season after missing out on postseasons. Major NBA franchises look to fine-tune their teams to make them ready for next season, the same is being done by championship aspirant Los Angeles Lakers are doing the same. It will be a mega exodus at the Laker-land, looking at the performances of the players and team in total this season.

Los Angeles Lakers have already parted their Championship winning coach – Frank Vogel and many are still expecting another high profile – Russell Westbrook, to exit from the Crypto.com arena.

But as per rumors around the Lakers front office, the 2020 NBA Champion are looking to continue with Russell Westbrook for another season. Sports analyst Chris Broussard considers it to be a trap and perhaps an even smarter move by Los Angeles Lakers.

Chris Broussard on Russell Westbrook’s situation

Chris Broussard
Chris Broussard

Los Angeles Lakers had one of the worst seasons in their recent history – with the likes of LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the team. Though they added offensively proven star, Russell Westbrook, to the mix, the experiment failed miserably and the franchise was heavily criticized for their “mega-trade”.

In the trade, not only Lakers lost their supporting young players and future picks for Russell Westbrook. But the impact and chemistry on the court were even more horrifying for the Lakers’ faithful. The LA team went from a 42-30 record last season to a 33-49 record, indicating a regression instead of any progress as expected.

Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook

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So the news of the Lakers keeping hold of Russell Westbrook came as a big surprise for many, but as per Broussard, LA Lakers are playing a smart game here. He explains the situation at Los Angeles Lakers as, “They’re smart enough to know that look, we got to make it seem like we really want to keep Russ we got to up his value so that maybe we get something for him.” 

As per Broussard, the Lakers are using the Westbrook situation to test Head coach candidates too. He said“I think they’re doing their due diligence with coaches, you know. The story that they’re asking coaches what they would do with Russ? I think that’s smart. I think it’s just see what they say. What they would do with Russ. It also tells you about their back basketball acumen as well so I don’t think that is a negative that they’re asking coaching candidates about how they would handle Russ?”

Chris Broussard
Chris Broussard

Chris further explained the finances and also the trade situations with Russell Westbrook. So as per 53 years old Sports columnist, the Lakers will trade or part ways with Westbrook in some way or another, but they are intentionally spreading false rumors about keeping him in Hollywood.

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