Lakers Rumors: Russell Westbrook Makes Significant Career Change Amid Trade Rumors


Lakers star Russell Westbrook

Los Angeles Lakers level guard Russell Westbrook has made a major profession change whereas being concerned in a bevy of commerce rumors.

The 2016-17 MVP has signed with Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management, in accordance with an August 1 tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Westbrook and his longtime agent, Thad Foucher of Wasserman, parted methods on July 15. Foucher launched a prolonged assertion to Wojnarowski explaining why he and Westbrook minimize ties with one another.

“Now, with a chance of a fourth commerce in 4 years, {the marketplace} is telling the Lakers they need to add further worth with Russell in any commerce situation,” Foucher stated. “And even then, such a commerce could require Russell to instantly transfer on from the brand new workforce through buyout. My perception is that any such transaction solely serves to decrease Russell’s worth and his best choice is to stick with the Lakers, embrace the beginning function and assist that Darvin Ham publicly provided.

“Russell is a first-ballot Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame participant and can show that once more earlier than he’s retired. Unfortunately, irreconcilable variations exist as to his finest pathway ahead and we’re not working collectively. I want Russell and his household the perfect.”

Lakers Are Trying to Trade Westbrook

The Lakers are actively making an attempt to commerce Westbrook, who was second within the NBA in turnovers and had the sixth-worst efficient subject objective proportion final season. Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on July 25 that the Utah Jazz, New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers are among the many groups which have mentioned offers with the Lakers involving Westbrook and draft picks. However, no offers seem like looming in these conversations.

Westbrook, the NBA’s all-time chief in triple-doubles, began 78 video games for the Lakers final season. The nine-time All-Star and two-time scoring champion averaged 18.5 factors, 7.4 rebounds and seven.1 assists whereas capturing 44.4% from the sector, 29.8% from past the arc and 66.7% from the free-throw line. The Lakers went 31-47 in Westbrook’s 78 appearances and didn’t qualify for the play-in match regardless of having the second-best preseason odds to win the championship.

Westbrook picked up his $47.1 million participant possibility with the Lakers for subsequent season. Los Angeles has tried to commerce the UCLA product to the Brooklyn Nets for seven-time All-Star Kyrie Irving and the Pacers for capturing guard Buddy Hield and heart Myles Turner. However, no Westbrook commerce has gained traction.

Lakers Having Trouble Trading Westbrook

ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported on July 16 that the Lakers provided Westbrook and draft picks to the Nets for Irving, who performed three seasons with LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, talks between Los Angeles and Brooklyn have not superior any nearer to an settlement.

Meanwhile, Bob Kravitz of The Athletic reported on July 22 {that a} bundle that might have seen the Lakers commerce Westbrook and a first-round decide to the Pacers for Turner and Hield is “presently lifeless.” Indiana desires a second first-round decide added to the deal and Los Angeles does not wish to half methods with a couple of draft decide.

According to a July 15 report from Dan Woike and Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Westbrook, 33, has by no means requested that the Lakers commerce him.

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