This past offseason the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Russell Westbrook from the Washington Wizards.
As soon as the move was made, skeptics wondered how the awkward fit between Westbrook and the current composition of LA’s roster would ultimately mesh.
Now, 30 games into the season, it’s safe to say the doubters were right. The Lakers are 16-14 and sit sixth in the Western Conference – a far cry from the championship aspirations some had for them at the beginning of the year.
Westbrook is averaging 19.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 36 minutes per game – but as usual his stats paint an overly-rose picture of what he brings to the table. He is turnover prone, a bad shooter, and serves as a redundancy to James on the court. He does all the same things as the Lakers’ best player, only worse.
Fortunately, Westbrook’s time in Los Angeles may be coming to an end.
According to NBA insider Evan Massey, LA has taken very legitimate steps to alleviate itself of its Westbrook problem.
“Not only have the Lakers had ‘internal discussions’ about trading Russell Westbrook as others have reported, they have had preliminary discussions with two teams about a potential trade. Nothing serious yet, however,” he wrote.
At this point one of the teams the Lakers discussed a Westbrook trade with is known. The other remains a mystery.
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Either way, clearly the Lakers are looking to rectify the mistake the front office made by acquiring Westbrook this summer.
Will they ultimately be able to do it? Time will tell.