The Los Angeles Lakers realized midway through the season that their decision to acquire Russell Westbrook was a huge mistake.
In the lead-up to the NBA Trade Deadline, the front office actively explored avenues for rectifying that error.
One of the only available options was trading Westbrook to the Houston Rockets.
Ultimately, the deal never happened – and now we know why.
“That impasse prompted the Rockets to inquire about a trade deadline swap for Russell Westbrook, with the belief that Westbrook would be more amenable to negotiating a buyout,” reported Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.
“But those February conversations between Houston and the Los Angeles Lakers never gained serious traction, sources told B/R. The Rockets sought a future Lakers first-rounder, which was a non-starter for L.A.’s front office. It still seems unlikely that such a deal framework will ever cross the finish line.”
The Lakers currently have four teams who are interested in taking Westbrook off their hands – with one clear favorite. Time will tell if something ultimately moralizes this time around.
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Westbrook has been a disaster for L.A. through and through, and a change is necessary.
But will that change ultimately occur this summer?
An answer should emerge in the coming weeks and months.