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    Getty Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook during media day The Los Angeles Lakers have been urged to trade Russell Westbrook for a $94 million guard and $80 million center. On October 4th’s episode of “Pardon The Interruption,” ESPN’s Michael Wilbon said the Lakers should send Westbrook and two future draft picks to the Indiana Pacers for Buddy Hield and Myles Turner. “Hield and Turner, they make the Lakers a bigger threat now,” Wilbon said. “It allows Anthony Davis to sort of have less pressure on him, which I believe is necessary. And when Anthony Davis is out there with Turner and Hield and LeBron, now you’ve got something. You’ve got a threat of a team. So do the damn deal. Don’t tell me about the picks in 2027 and 2029. They’re not Oklahoma City.” According to an October 3rd report from Sam Amick, Shams Charania and Jovan Buha of The Athletic, the Lakers seriously considered sending Westbrook and unprotected first-round picks in 2027 and 2029 to the Pacers for Turner and Hield before training camp started. Los Angeles’ key...
    Getty Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook The Los Angeles Lakers almost traded Russell Westbrook for a $20 million guard and $17 million center. According to an October 3rd report from Sam Amick, Shams Charania and Jovan Buha of The Athletic, the Lakers seriously considered sending Westbrook and unprotected first-round picks in 2027 and 2029 to the Indiana Pacers for center Myles Turner and shooting guard Buddy Hield. Los Angeles’ key decision-makers spent several days engaged in deep conversations about Westbrook’s future. “On the cusp of training camp, as media day neared and the topic of Westbrook’s uncertain future continued to dominate the conversation around the NBA, sources with direct knowledge of the negotiations say the Lakers’ key decision-makers spent several days engaged in deep conversations about the feasibility of a blockbuster trade with Indiana,” Amick, Charania and Buha reported. “Vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka, owner Jeanie Buss and senior basketball adviser Kurt Rambis seriously considered sending Westbrook and unprotected first-round picks in 2027 and 2029 to the Pacers for center Myles Turner and guard Buddy Hield, sources said....
    Getty Lakers star Russell Westbrook The Los Angeles Lakers have begun interviewing candidates to replace Frank Vogel and they are asking prospective coaches a critical question. According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, the men who have interviewed for the Lakers’ job have been asked how they would use Russell Westbrook in their system. “More specifically, the notion of Russell Westbrook remaining part of their program is seeming more real all the time,” Amick reported. “Despite the widely held belief that the Lakers would find a way to trade Westbrook before the start of next season, sources say their coaching candidates have been asked to discuss how they would use him in their system during interviews. The takeaway for candidates, it seems, is that maximizing Westbrook’s presence after his disastrous 2021-22 season is considered an important part of this job.” Westbrook struggled during the 2021-22 season. Although he averaged solid per-game numbers of 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists, Westbrook shot only 44.4% from the field, 29.8% from beyond the arc and 66.7% from the free-throw line....
    The Los Angeles Lakers could potentially trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets so that Houston could buy out the rest of his contract.  While another Westbrook-for-Wall trade would be “objectively hilarious“, it is something that could ultimately work out for both the Lakers and the Rockets. According to NBA insider Marc Stein, the Rockets would consider trading for Westbrook in order to gain a future 2027 first-round pick from the Lakers. Then, the Rockets would presumably buy out the rest of his contract. I included a line in there about how the Rockets have zero interest in Westbrook actually playing for them again, but I didn’t properly expound on the buyout that would be required after such a trade. Westbrook is owed $47 million next season. If the Lakers actually reached the point that they were willing to send their 2027 first-round pick to the Rockets to convince them to ship out John Wall and take Westbrook back, it is expected that Westbrook and Houston would swiftly enter buyout talks. The Houston Rockets could trade for Russell Westbrook and...
    Wizards GM explains why he traded Westbrook to Lakers originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington   By now it’s clear the Wizards did not enter this offseason with plans to trade Russell Westbrook. A chance to play for his hometown team, the Lakers, came up and the Wizards acted quickly to grant his wish. Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard confirmed that was the case on Friday in an offseason press conference and explained how the timeline of events transpired in the days leading up to the trade in July. “That was a very, very unusual circumstance where the day before the draft we were kind of spitballing some ideas and getting some input. I had a heart-to-heart with Russell and it was important to him that I knew and the Wizards knew he wants to play here,” Sheppard said. “If there was ever an opportunity with the Lakers, that would be the one place. I look at his Hall of Fame career and all he did for us, certainly, for me, I will try to help a guy as...
    Getty Images Lakers guard Russell Westbrook. The Los Angeles Lakers retooled the roster this offseason and the starting lineup will look much different than it did ago, save for LeBron James and Anthony Davis. New Lakers guard Russell Westbrook, who arrived via trade earlier this offseason, teased what could be the starting unit could look like in an Instagram post on Wednesday. Westbrook reposted a photo to Instagram that showed himself, James, Davis, Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony sporting purple and gold. That starting five could potentially be all future Hall of Famers. All five are virtual locks to get the Hall call, with Howard having the lowest potential to make it at a very high 99.7%, per Basketball References Hall of Fame Probability chart. That being said, the average age of that starting group would be 33.6 years old. It’s much more likely that Wayne Ellington or even Talen Horton-Tucker will slide into the starting shooting guard spot and Marc Gasol could get the nod ahead of Howard at center. The Lakers have been criticized for a...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook. Despite being a former NBA and one of the best players in the NBA, Russell Westbrook is about to be on his fourth team in four seasons. He was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers ahead of free agency and the hope will be that he sticks with the team for a few seasons. His brief stint with the Washington Wizards wasn’t anything to be excited about after they barely made the playoffs and got bounced in the first round. Westbrook wasn’t willing to give the team another chance and pushed to go home to Los Angeles. Apparently, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis had an issue with that. He also owns the Washington Capitals NHL team and they made a recent splash by re-signing Alex Ovechkin. When he had a chance to talk about the Ovechkin signing, he went out of his way to take a shot at Westbrook. “We had a superstar player with the Wizards, he had an opportunity and wanted to be traded to the Lakers,” Leonsis said, per...
    Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards reacts prior to playing against the Denver Nuggets at Capital One Arena on February 17, 2021 in Washington, DC.Will Newton | Getty Images The Washington Wizards have agreed to send superstar Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers for three players and what was the number 22 pick in Thursday night's NBA draft, The Athletic and ESPN have reported. In addition to the first-round pick, the Wizards are receiving Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell, per the reports. With the number 22 pick Washington selected Isaiah Jackson, a shot-blocking center out of Kentucky but later traded him to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for the 31st pick and point guard Aaron Holiday - brother of NBA champion with the Milwaukee Bucks, Jrue. At 31 the Wizards then selected Isaiah Todd, a 19-year-old power forward who chose forgo college and play in the NBA's G-League, where he averaged 12.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Ignite. The Wizards are also sending their 2024 second-round pick and 2028 second-round pick to the...
    Covid surge: 200,000 new cases, 100,000 hospitalizations in U.S. Ivanka Trump deposed Tuesday as part of inauguration fund lawsuit Russell Westbrook-John Wall trade indicative of where both players stand in todays NBA Russell Westbrook and John Wall are changing jerseys and moving addresses but instead of it being a blockbuster deal in a league that never sleeps, it’s indicative of a standing neither no longer possesses. It’s not quite a crossroads or a fall from grace, but the NBA moves fast and franchises have to move faster. The writing was on the wall for Wall when it looked like destiny was in the hands of Bradley Beal and he’d have to be more Michelle than Beyonce, so to Houston he goes. His injuries and questionable public decision-making made him easier to move. Even if it didn’t mean he was some villain in need of flogging, it was another signal his time was over from a place that didn’t get to see his true potential and probably never would. For Westbrook, the fall could be more dramatic because, seemingly, we’ve...
    Amid the continued rumors surrounding Russell Westbrook and his future with the Houston Rockets, the latest update on the disgruntled point guard suggested that the Cleveland Cavaliers were among the teams that had spoken with the Rockets about a possible trade. The new rumor was discussed this week by The Athletic‘s Shams Charania, who appeared on Complex’s Load Management podcast to share what he’d heard about the former NBA MVP. As quoted by Bleacher Report, Charania said the Rockets “engaged” with a number of teams on the week of this year’s draft, including the Cavs and the Washington Wizards, but none of the clubs were able to offer anything that piqued Houston’s interest. “I’m told the Rockets wanted multiple other assets, whether it’s draft compensation, young players. So when you set the price that high, even for Russell Westbrook, if it’s not met, the Rockets are fine going into the season and playing it out.”   Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images Talking about how Westbrook’s potential fit in the event he gets traded to Cleveland, Bleacher Report wrote that...
    Food banks face growing hunger crisis ahead of Thanksgiving Literary group to honor Obama Russell Westbrook unlikely to be traded before training camp The Houston Rockets are open to trading Russell Westbrook this offseason, but it does not sound like they have made any progress toward a potential deal. © Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports It sounds like Russell Westbrook will remain with the Rockets in the short term. NBA training camp is set to begin next week, and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said this week that he would anticipate Westbrook still being with the Rockets at that time. Woj says Westbrook remaining with Houston through the start of the season is “probably a more likely scenario” than him being dealt in the next month. .@wojespn says the Rockets have engaged in Russell Westbrook trade discussions, but not James Harden ones. Says Houston getting both Harden and Westbrook back in training camp is more likely than Westbrook getting moved. pic.twitter.com/7XfewGMjgu — Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) November 24, 2020 Westbrook and Harden reportedly both want out of Houston. Both players are under...
    Will Russell Westbrook join forces with LeBron James and Anthony Davis next season? After failing to achieve their main goal this season, Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook started to become the subject of trade rumors once again. With their inability to fully dominate the Western Conference and win the NBA championship title, there are speculations that the Rockets may consider trading Westbrook in the 2020 offseason. The Rockets may have a hard time moving him due to his massive contract, but there will surely be teams, especially those who are in dire need of additional star power and a backcourt boost, that will express strong interest in adding the former MVP to their roster this fall. One of the most intriguing landing spots for Westbrook is the Los Angeles Lakers. According to Jonathan Kiernan of Fansided’s Lake Show Life, the Lakers may consider sending a package that includes Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green, JaVale McGee, and Rajon Rondo to the Rockets in exchange for the All-Star point guard. Trading for the former MVP would be a risky move for the...
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