Lakers Rumors: Spurs ‘Open’ to Trading for Russell Westbrook

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Lakers level guard Russell Westbrook

A Western Conference workforce is reportedly open to buying Russell Westbrook from the Los Angeles Lakers.

According to a September 18th report from LJ Ellis of SpursSpeak, the San Antonio Spurs stay one of many few groups within the NBA open to absorbing Westbrook’s expiring contract. The one-time MVP will make $47.1 million in 2022-23.

“At one cut-off date, the Spurs have been in talks with the Los Angeles Lakers to take in Russell Westbrook’s contract,” Ellis wrote. “In that state of affairs, San Antonio was to be compensated with a number of draft picks. Currently, a supply shut to the Spurs says the 2 groups are now not engaged in lively talks due to the Lakers preferring presents from each the Pacers and the Jazz. According to a Western Conference scout, the Lakers are telling groups that they’ll take a wait-and-see strategy to buying and selling Westbrook as coaching camp approaches. If the Lakers resolve to commerce Westbrook sooner or later down the road, the Spurs stay one of many few groups within the league open to such a deal.”

Westbrook has been out there for commerce all summer season after struggling final season. The UCLA product was second within the NBA in turnovers and had the sixth-worst efficient discipline aim proportion, making him a poor match subsequent to superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Thus far, the Lakers’ lack of curiosity in taking over future cash and refusal to provide their future draft picks has prevented them from buying and selling Westbrook, who averaged 18.5 factors, 7.4 rebounds and seven.1 assists in 78 begins in 2021-22.


Westbrook ‘Very Open’ to Getting Traded

According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Westbrook is “very open” to getting a deal by the Lakers regardless of not formally requesting a commerce. The nine-time All-Star would favor to play for a workforce that can empower him.

One NBA government who spoke to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report in August believed the Lakers had three remaining “apparent” companions they might pursue to make a Westbrook commerce occur. The nameless exec listed the Spurs, Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz.

The Lakers acquired Patrick Beverley from the Jazz and signed Dennis Schroder in free company this offseason. They even have Kendrick Nunn on the roster, making a potential logjam on the guard place if Westbrook is not traded.


Proposed Trade Lands Lakers 3-Time All-Star & $41 Million Shooter for Westbrook

In an August 18th column known as “Fresh NBA Trade Ideas to Create Newest Big 3s,” Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz proposed that the Lakers commerce Westbrook, Max Christie and 4 future draft picks to the Spurs for Doug McDermott and Nunn to the Brooklyn Nets for Ben Simmons.

Brooklyn would additionally get Jakob Poeltl and Josh Richardson from San Antonio within the proposed three-team commerce.

“Simmons can deal with the ball and run the offense whereas decreasing the workload for James, and he also needs to be superb with Anthony Davis and the four-time MVP taking nearly all of the pictures. For a Lakers workforce that slipped to twenty first in protection final season, swapping out Westbrook for Simmons is an enormous improve that enables Los Angeles to use all kinds of lineups,” Swartz wrote. “Shooting is a matter with Simmons, so the Lakers additionally choose up McDermott, probably the greatest floor-spacers within the NBA (42.2 % from three final season).”

Simmons has profession averages of 15.9 factors, 8.1 rebounds and seven.7 assists. He’s a three-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA defender. The LSU product’s greatest weak spot is his jumper. Simmons, who missed your complete 2021-22 season, has solely made 5 3-pointers since getting into the NBA and the point-forward is a profession 59.7% shooter from the free-throw line.

McDermott, in the meantime, is among the high shooters within the NBA. He’s a profession 40.9% shooter from past the arc, which is nice for ninth amongst lively gamers. The 30-year-old has profession averages of 9.2 factors and a couple of.3 rebounds in 527 regular-season video games with the Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, Pacers and Spurs.

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