Russell Westbrook and the LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers have once again made their way back to the NBA headlines. Honestly, they never left the headlines since the offseason began. As everyone around is curious about Brodies’ future with the team and still nothing has been officially said or claimed about it. But one thing which is sure is Russell Westbrook isn’t untouchable on the roster and can be shipped across the league anytime. As it all depends upon the deal the front office wants and gets in return for him. It’s already very shocking that he has made this long into the offseason with the Lakers.
Russell Westbrook was and is been tested in the market. The Lakers just don’t want to give too much of their future in exchanging him. His $47 million and more contract has also played an important role in restricting his market. He was scapegoated and blamed throughout the last season for team’s terrible run. As everyone knows he isn’t the right guy to blame at. But still, Russell Westbrook is the one who is paying the price as his big three alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis never worked.
Russell Westbrook last season averaged 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 1 steal and 3 blocks. The numbers aren’t bad but him being a former MVP they just don’t suit him good. He also shot only 44.4% from the field and a horrible 29.8% from the three-point line. So the fans hated him and they still do. The team didn’t even make it to the play-in tournament and everyone had their fingers pointed at him which is unfair but again he deserves some of that shade as he could have been a lot better.
Russell Westbrook’s future with the Los Angeles Lakers
Russell Westbrook and the Los Angeles Lakers can be parting ways anytime soon. According to NBA Insider Jova Buha of The Athletic, the deadline is before the training camp starts. As in his reports, he wrote: “There will come a time in which the Lakers have to decide if they’re willing to continue to play hardball and risk missing their window to trade Westbrook. There is a sense among some that training camp is a soft deadline to move Westbrook. If he’s on the roster in late September, there will be a massive off-court distraction, with the media asking about his future, his relationship with James and the organization, Ham’s vision of his role and responsibilities.”
Jova Buha isn’t all wrong with his take and it makes sense. As of Russell Westbrook is back with the team on the training camp and then gets traded away. Things may won’t be that swift to handle and the franchise may get another black spot on their reputation same as what they got while parting ways with Frank Vogel. So a soft deadline can really be before the Training Camp. But the Lakers should really think about letting Brodie in as he really has the potential to do what the team wants from a guard.