The Los Angeles Lakers have been working as if Russell Westbrook will stay with the crew subsequent season, however that doesn’t imply they’ve closed the door on buying and selling the star level guard. In the event that they do go that route, there are reportedly two groups to control.
Michael Scotto and Jovan Buha of HoopsHype discussed the Westbrook situation during their latest podcast. Buha stated he has been advised that the Utah Jazz and Indiana Pacers are the probably suitors for Westbrook, with the previous seeming like a greater guess.
The principle impediment within the Lakers’ commerce talks centered round Westbrook is that they don’t wish to hand over their two future unprotected first-round picks. Most groups have requested for each picks in change for taking over Westbrook’s $47M contract.
Nonetheless, there could also be a path to a deal. Buha stated he was advised by sources that the Lakers may get extra aggressive in attempting to commerce Westbrook earlier than coaching camp begins. One state of affairs the place they is perhaps persuaded to surrender their two first-round picks is that if they land Buddy Hield and Myles Turner.
The Lakers reportedly have a plan in place for if they are unable to trade Westbrook. Within the meantime, nevertheless, they’re clearly nonetheless exploring methods to maneuver on from the 33-year-old.