The Los Angeles Lakers proceed to have a $40 million drawback on their palms in Russell Westbrook.
In response to Jovan Buha of The Athletic, bringing again the nine-time All-Star for subsequent season can be a “colossal mistake” for the Lakers. Whereas there was loads of reported chatter and rumors surrounding Westbrook this offseason already, the guard’s gargantuan contract could also be robust for the staff to maneuver.
“Although Westbrook can technically grow to be a free agent and depart L.A. this summer time, all indications level to Westbrook exercising his $47.1 million participant choice by June 29 and getting into the offseason as a Laker. … As The Athletic’s Sam Amick reported last week, the Lakers are actually strongly contemplating the opportunity of preserving Westbrook due to the hardball stance the league is at present taking in commerce negotiations,” Buha wrote. “Rival groups understand how a lot of a public trainwreck final season was for the Lakers, they usually’re not seeking to do Los Angeles any favors by serving to them off of Westbrook’s contract. … The Lakers have 4 choices with Westbrook: they’ll commerce him, waive and stretch him, purchase him out, or run it again with him subsequent season. Rivals consider Los Angeles has to commerce him forward of coaching camp as a result of the scenario is untenable, particularly after Westbrook’s exit-interview feedback deflected blame towards LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the remainder of the franchise.”
Per Buha, “there’s a sentiment” amongst some throughout the Lakers group that the “proper coach and a greater supporting solid” might “easy over” Westbrook’s match along with his co-stars. The truth is, it was reported last week that Los Angeles was actively asking head-coaching candidates how they might work with Westbrook to be able to get essentially the most out of him.
The Lakers fired head coach Frank Vogel in April after ending the season 11th within the Western Convention with a 33-49 report.
The 2016-2017 NBA MVP ended his first season with Los Angeles by averaging 18.5 factors, 7.four rebounds and seven.1 assists per recreation whereas posting a .444/.298/.667 taking pictures line.