Report: Lakers resume Westbrook trade talks
The Los Angeles Lakers spent time in pre-season trying to make things work with Russell Westbrook, but a new report suggests it may just be a temporary endeavor.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday that the Lakers have paused their attempt to trade Westbrook to open training camp, but will likely begin trying to reunite teams as the regular season looms.
“The Lakers, at some point here, will start attracting teams again if possible Russell Westbrook Wojnarowski said. “They basically paused it at the start of training camp.”
In other words, Westbrook’s future with the Lakers is far from guaranteed. Throughout the pre-season, the team managed to make things work with the veteran guard. That didn’t quell the rumors of discontent, admittedly, sometimes exaggerated.
Westbrook is going through a very difficult season that has seen him averaging 18.5 points per game while shooting under 30% from the three-point range. He doesn’t seem like a good fit for the Lakers, but his $47 million salary for this season will make a sale very difficult.