It has been viewed as a foregone conclusion that Russell Westbrook will not be with the Lakers for another year. Following a disappointing first season in Los Angeles, many expected the team to do whatever it takes to part ways with the former NBA MVP.
However, a new report suggests that the Lakers are sending signals to other teams that may be interested in making a trade for Westbrook that they will not include additional assets in the deal.
Via Marc Stein:
“The Lakers are tuning out the skeptics yet again and insisting to anyone who will listen that they would rather keep Russell Westbrook on the roster for next season than surrender additional assets to convince someone to trade for him. The Lakers are also said to be adamant that they won’t release the former MVP and eat his $47.1 million player option for next season after Westbrook picks it up.”
Before the trade deadline it was reported that that Lakers and the Rockets did not swap Russ for John Wall because Houston wanted a future draft pick to be sent their way which L.A. couldn’t accept.
With Darvin Ham being appointed as the new head coach, the plans for Westbrook’s future might be changing. All of the head coaching candidates were reportedly questioned extensively about how they would be using the 33-year-old superstar.