Russell Westbrook had a miserable first season with the Los Angeles Lakers and that stench from that first year continues in the offseason. New head coach Darvin Ham is hoping to help him play a lot better in 2022-23 but rumors still suggest that he could still be moved to possibly make way for Kyrie Irving.
On Friday, Brian Windhorst discussed on First Take that Westbrook refused to take accountability for the poor campaign in his exit interview and even threw Frank Vogel under the bus for not utilizing him properly. One Twitter user quoted the tweet and said “Lies lies lies lies lies,” and Westbrook made his thoughts clear when he liked that tweet.
In the meantime, the Lakers and Nets are looking at potentially pulling in the San Antonio Spurs to help facilitate a deal for Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving, sources told Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report.
With the Nets not currently interested in acquiring Westbrook in return for Irving, the Spurs could take on Westbrook’s contract in exchange for draft compensation.
The three-team deal could also give the Nets a trade exception worth as much as Irving’s salary.
However, Darvin Ham seems to believe he can bring the best out of Russ again and “redirect” him.
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““I’ve had some great interactions with Russ, in person, over dinner, over the phone, over text messages. I love Russell Westbrook, man. Just his mentality, his approach. Just to see him, a guy of that magnitude and everything he’s done in the league to get hated on.”
But being me, I got a wholehearted plan, a clear plan on how I’m going to use him. I showed it to him, sat down, brought stuff up for him. I think he’s going to flourish. We ain’t going to try to curtail his energy. We’re just going to diversify it, redirect it.”