Should Lakers cut Russell Westbrook if no trade materializes?

Should Lakers cut Russell Westbrook if no trade materializes?

Aug 29, 2022 by Fox Sports

Key Facts

  • And, in maintaining loyalty to the team's controversial point guard, Ham is deviating from an overwhelming majority of people who believe the team should rid itself of Russ at any cost.
  • Ham has other ideas, per NBA reporter Marc Stein, who writes: "If no trade involving Westbrook materializes and if he is on the roster when the Lakers start practicing on Sept. 27, new Lakers coach Darvin Ham remains determined to carve out a real role for Westbrook."
  • The puzzle got even more complicated recently after the Lakers dealt for Patrick Beverley, whose long-standing beef with Westbrook has been widely chronicled since the nine-time All-Star accused Beverley of recklessly injuring his meniscus on a steal attempt in 2013.
  • Westbrook is set to make the most money this season that he has as a pro: $47.1 million, and that's a huge reason teams are cautious about entering into negotiations for him.

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