The Los Angeles Lakers entered the 2021-22 NBA season looking to reclaim the glory they achieved just two years prior.
With the offseason addition of Russell Westbrook, many believed LA now had enough talent to compete with the Brooklyn Nets’ Big Three of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden.
Unfortunately, the Westbrook acquisition has not panned out. The Lakers are 17-19 on the year and now sit seventh in the Western Conference.
Up to this point LA’s front office has spoken to two teams about a possible trade centering around Westbrook.
This week, an intriguing new option was presented.
According to Yossi Gozlan of HoopsHype, the prospect of Westbrook getting dealt to the Boston Celtics should not be slept on.
“”The Boston Celtics are a team that could use a more traditional point guard, and Westbrook theoretically could be a decent fit there since their best lineup would have three good shooters surrounding him,” he wrote.
“A package of Al Horford ($27 million), Josh Richardson ($11.6 million), and Juancho Hernangomez ($7 million) combine for nearly identical salaries for Westbrook, which is important for both teams due to their current luxury tax situations.”
The Celtics have had a lot of problems of their own this year. After last season’s big upheaval in the coaching and GM ranks, the hope was that the drama from 2020-21 would subside.
Instead – it has intensified.
That’s certainly one way to dress to a Miami Heat game. https://t.co/hc5B0pztRq
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 29, 2021
This would certainly do that.
Traditionally the Lakers and Celtics haven’t made for the best of trade partners – but this could be a rare win-win for all sides.