Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka didn’t waste any time and met with Russell Westbrook right after he was benched. The Lakers veteran is making some really hot headlines these days and it all started with the infamous benching.
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel decided to bench Westbrook in the final minutes of the game against the Indiana Pacers. Westbrook didn’t feel good at the sideline. Several sources reveal that he actually wanted to leave the game. It didn’t happen, and he was right there, watching his team finish the game. So, what happened after the game?
Rob Pelinka met with Russell Westbrook for a reason
The General Manager met with Westbrook and they talked for two hours. Two hours. I guess Pelinka wanted to make things clear for his star player. The Lakers got Broddie for a reason. They traded Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Montrezl Harrell had to leave the team. In other words, the Lakers can’t keep a struggling player on their roster after all. Ramona Shelburne from ESPN was among the first to confirm the information about these meeting.
“After Westbrook was benched, Pelinka knew the situation was at a critical juncture, so he met with Westbrook for nearly two hours when the team landed in Orlando on Thursday, according to team sources.”
These meeting was the right thing to be done. Westbrook is one of the most competitive players in the NBA. LA traded for him because they really trusted his potential.
If you ask Westbrook, he will say that there’s nothing wrong with his relationship with coach Vogel. There were so many contradictions in his statement. Fans are a bit confused right now.
Is Westbrook on his way out? Sources reveal that he may go to the Houston Rockers. Some say he could be a good fit for the Los Angeles Clippers. The Rockets wouldn’t keep Westbrook on their roster. They just want to get rid of John Wall. There are so many options for the Lakers at the moment. They may decide to keep Westbrook and give him another chance. It’s a long season after all. Things can change overnight.