The NBA season is only a month away from starting and Russell Westbrook is still on the Los Angeles Lakers roster. It’s no secret the team has been shopping him all offseason but they are warming up to the idea of him sticking around for a while. The Lakers don’t want to simply make a trade just to make a trade. They are going to wait for the right deal.
That might end up leading them to the solution that trading Westbrook is merely addition by subtraction. Unless an appealing deal materializes in the coming weeks, the former MVP will be on the roster to start the season. However, that doesn’t mean he’ll end the year in Los Angeles. Sean Deveney of Heavy.com recently spoke to an Eastern Conference executive who believes that the Sacramento Kings could be an option if they get off to a bad start.
“I think, too, if the season gets going and things get off to a rough start somewhere, you can take advantage with a Russ trade,” the executive said. “That is one reason the Lakers are not feeling too much pressure to do this now — there might be a slightly better market once the year gets going. Sacramento is a good example. They come stumbling out of the gate, they will look to get younger. So you can build something that is Westbrook and the 2027 pick for Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes and some salary cap filler, Alex Len and a couple of guys. The Kings want to get off Holmes’ contract, Barnes is still a productive veteran and the Kings can deal with Russ for one year before he expires.”
Westbrook & Kings Have History
Going to the Kings would be rough for Westbrook. It would likely be one of the last places on his wish list to get traded to. During one of his roughest stretches last season, Sacramento trolled him by naming him the “Ice Cold Player of the Game” and the house DJ played the song “Cold As Ice” every time he would miss.
Westbrook clapped back after the game and referenced the fact that the Kings have been one of the worst teams in the NBA for over a decade.
“That’s funny,” Westbrook said at the time. “I hope they played that the last 14 years, too.”
He doesn’t have a say on where he’ll get traded but …read more