The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off a disastrous 2021-22 NBA season. They entered the year with championship aspirations and then somehow failed to make the playoffs altogether.
A big part of L.A.’s woes was the disappointing play of Russell Westbrook. Not only did he struggle on the court, but he had a bunch of weirdly ugly incidents off it as well. In the process, he turned off both teammates and coaches.
Unsurprisingly, many within the Lakers’ organization and in the general fan base want Westbrook gone.
It appears the feeling is mutual.
Eagle-eyed fans recently noticed that Westbrook seems to have liked a comment suggesting that he should get off his current squad ASAP.
Russell Westbrook just liked a comment saying that he should do whatever it takes to leave the Lakers 😳😳 pic.twitter.com/Yjz0bgLfqp
— Paolo Songco (@PaoloSongcoNBA) April 23, 2022
Understandably, reactions poured in immediately:
I think Russell is one hell of a player. I would love to see him win a championship but it will not happen with the Lakers. I really don’t see him playing with any team in the west at all. He is bound to go East.
— Raw Oysters (@pch1955) April 24, 2022
I mean Thank you for your services I guess https://t.co/1Z09apVPSt
— Certified Lover Girl (@robindorita) April 23, 2022
There are currently four teams willing to take Westbrook off the Lakers’ hands this summer. Time will tell if a deal actually comes to fruition, though. L.A. covets one particular player in a Westbrook-related swap, but it’s unclear if that’s actually a feasible option at this juncture.
The photos speak for themselves. https://t.co/0sKrpj6uyA
— Game 7 (@game7__) April 24, 2022
Clearly Westbrook and the Lakers need to go their separate ways.
Will circumstances align in a way that permits that to happen?
An answer should emerge in the coming weeks and months.
Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7’s go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.