Although LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook have spoken to set the record straight, the signs aren’t looking great in Los Angeles, and a move for the latter looks more likely than ever.
The astonishing speech of the agent of the 2017 MVP, after their separation, is seen by many as a sign that Russell Westbrook does not want to accept the role that Darvin Ham, the new coach, wishes to give him.
It must be said that this role is quite similar to the one that Frank Vogel wanted to entrust to “Brodie”, namely that of a player who evolves rather without the ball in attack, and who puts the emphasis on defense. Russell Westbrook had fought this idea all last season, assuring that it was notably up to him to bring the ball back.
Limited options for Rob Pelinka
Under these conditions, a transfer seems inevitable. But to what destination?
The Brooklyn option, against Kyrie Irving, is currently at a standstill, as Dave McMenamin explains, and Lakers president Rob Pelinka is therefore activating other levers. The ESPN insider thus ensures that the Californian leader has notably reactivated the track leading to Buddy Hield, and the Pacers, in recent days.
One option could thus be for Los Angeles to send Russell Westbrook to Indiana in exchange for Buddy Hield and perhaps Myles Turner, to match the salaries. If the Pacers do not want the Lakers leader, Dave McMenamin then evokes a transfer around Talen Horton-Tucker, but it will then be necessary to find additional pieces, and perhaps set up a triangle exchange with a Russell Westbrook who would take the direction of a third team.
It could be Houston, when we know that Los Angeles would like to get their hands on Eric Gordon. But such an agreement would undoubtedly force Los Angeles to let go of Draft picks, and the club does not have many left…
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