Could the Mavs Land Russell Westbrook? It appears that the Lakers are starting to be viewed as a team in which Russell Westbrook’s trade value is greater. With these developments, the Mavericks are now among the potential suitors.
With no demand from Russell Westbrook for a trade, he’s been traded around. However, the New York Knicks have emerged as the favorite if the Lakers were to decide to buyout their contract.
The Dallas Mavericks join a number of other teams who might be interested in acquiring Russell Westbrook, contingent on the possibility of him parting ways with his current team. A well known league fixture believes it would ultimately be head coach Jason Kidd’s call.
If the Rockets land Westbrook, it could pair him with another guard like Luka Doncic. This move would likely be made to fill the void left by Jalen Brunson’ departure to the New York Knicks. However, there’s zero indication that this is something the Lakers are exploring because of Russ’ high price and unwillingness.
It is believed that Westbrook will be with the Thunder at least one more season. He exercised his player option and will owe the team $47.1 million
Amidst rumors circulating, reports have come out stating that the Lakers are happy with keeping Westbrook on their team. The team also has confidence in him flourishing moving forward and thus he’s ranked as one of the best players in the league.
Westbrook is still capable of performing despite a rather disappointing season. Although the shooting numbers dropped, there’s no doubt Westbrook still remained an option for the Lakers during their 78 game season.
With the Los Angeles Lakers set to lose their starting point guard this offseason, rumors have begun to circulate that they could target Mavericks forward Russell Westbrook in a trade.
The Lakers are currently tied with the Golden State Warriors for the second-worst record in the league and would likely need to include multiple draft picks or young players in any deal for Westbrook
. Given his recent struggles, there is also speculation that Westbrook might be looking for a change of scenery. However, given his history with the Oklahoma City Thunder and his current contract situation, it is unlikely that he would sign with the Lakers on an long-term basis.