Los Angeles Lakers veteran Russell Westbrook will probably enter the new season as a Laker, but General Manager Rob Pelinka is still looking for a trade partner. The Lakers showed interest in several top players and each of them could’ve replace Westbrook at any given moment. It didn’t happen, but it may happen at some point in the near future.
It seems like Westbrook doesn’t mind any of this. In fact, he knows that the Lakers want to trade him. He knows that his time with the Lakers may end now.
Ramona Shelburne from ESPN reported that Westbrook is open to a trade. He hasn’t requested a trade, but he would agree to a trade if Pelinka finds a good target.
“Russ is very open to a trade. He hasn’t asked for a trade. I’ve been assured of that. But he’s open to that, and somebody who wants him and wants to empower him and wants him to be Russell Westbrook of old,” Shelbourne said on a recent episode of The Lowe Post podcast.
Russell Westbrook to agree to a trade after the new change in LA
The Lakers put Westbrook in a really uncomfortable situation. Pelinka traded for Patrick Beverley in an attempt to add depth to the defense. Beverley and Westbrook hate each other. Their relationship is a bit shaky. I mean, these guys didn’t have kind words for one another. Beverley came to LA and even predicted a good season for Russ. What about Westbrook? He hasn’t said a word.
““I don’t believe that the Lakers think this is going to work. I think they’re saying that, and trying to keep a stiff upper lip and make the best out of this because they know they don’t have any Russell Westbrook trade that makes sense for them right now,” Brian Windhorst said. “So, they’re gonna try to make it work.
“But let’s be honest, we live in an era where you have to have shooting in the NBA. When the Lakers won their title a couple of years ago, it was with shooting. All of LeBron’s great teams in his career had shooting. You have Westbrook who is one of the worst three-point shooters in the NBA, and Patrick Beverley is coming off the worst three-point shooting year of his career…This duo doesn’t make any sense on a basketball level.”