The Los Angeles Lakers weren’t too wild this summer and only got Patrick Beverley through a trade. NBA analysts expected a blockbuster trade involving Russell Westbrook, but it didn’t happen and we have the latest update on his Lakers future. According to several sources, the struggling veteran will enter the new season as a Lakers player. LA is still looking for a trade partner, but Russ will attend the Lakers minicamp hosted by the king of basketball.
Marc Stein was among the first to report this. LeBron will attend a players-only minicamp and Westbrook will be there. This is a major update and fans seem to have stopped asking questions about his potential departure from LA.
“The Lakers’ LeBron James typically hosts a players-only minicamp somewhere on the West Coast before training camp starts, so stay tuned. Word is that another Lakers minicamp is likely in coming days and that Russell Westbrook would indeed attend if it comes together,” Stein wrote. “Any sort of pre-camp gathering involving LeBron and his fellow purple-and-gold vets would represent a key step in the Lakers’ efforts to move past all the tension that bubbled throughout last season’s rocky 33-49 campaign, bringing James and Anthony Davis together with Westbrook and the newly acquired Patrick Beverley before the Lakers report for their first practices under new coach Darvin Ham on Sept. 26.”
Russell Westbrook should get the best of the second chance with the Lakers, his future may be secure now
Lakers head coach Darvin Ham will have to find the right way to use Westbrook in the upcoming season. The one-time MVP is an excellent player. He just has to find a way to fit in in the Lakers scheme. Stein reported that Ham will give his best to come up with the perfect role for Russ. Rob Pelinka wouldn’t trade Westbrook just to get rid of him. He wants to get nice players/picks in return.
Westbrook may get a second chance with the team and he better use it. Having another frustrating season may put an end to his career in the NBA.