This season, Russell Westbrook did not represent himself very well. The Los Angeles Lakers were an unexpected failure. LeBron James even blamed Russ for some of the teams'' shortcomings.
After the season, the team fell a favor with head coach Frank Vogel. Initially, speculation that Los Angeles would pay dearly to eliminate Russell Westbrook, according to a recent inquiry. It may not be the case.
The Lakers aren''t interested in lowering the pot for a Westbrook trade with a first-round pick. It''s possible that with the right coaching staff in place, Russell may be a key contributor once more. The addition of a better supporting cast may be the cake on the cake to get Russell Westbrook back on track.
According to league sources, Westbrook has no intention of using a first-round pick to facilitate a trade.
It''s not a bluff or a tactic to seek to gain leverage in trade negotiations. According to league figures, there is a sense among some within the franchise that the right coach and a stronger supporting cast might smooth over the Westbrooks'' awkward fit with James and Davis.
Fans of the Lakers were almost universally hoping that the team was going to trade Westbrook. Unfortunately, his value is at an all-time low due to his poor performance this year. Time will tell if he is ever capable to salvage meaningful minutes with the team again, but the Lakers are also attempting to make it work.