The Lakers haven’t even played 30 games as of yet and there are some rumblings that one of their top players could be on his way out.
According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Lakers are looking at the possibility of moving Russell Westbrook.
“The trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook simply hasn’t blended as well as Lakers figures hoped, and Los Angeles has held internal discussions on trade scenarios for Russell Westbrook”
However, it may all be a pipe dream as moving Westbrook and the two years, $91 million remaining on his contract seems rather unlikely for another team to want to take on.
The Lakers are just average — by definition with a 15-13 record and by the eye test. LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis take up $120.7 million of the players that are on the roster. The only consistent player throughout the year has been an aging LeBron James.
The Lakers are No. 23 in offensive rating, No. 15 in defensive rating and 23rd in net rating, giving up 1.6 more points per 100 possessions than they score. They are 24th in turnover percentage and middle of the league in shooting and rebounding.
The hype surrounding the team in the offseason has not produced and they are looking less and less like a championship contender and more like a team that will have to fight to get to the 8th-seed.
After 28 regular season games Westbrook is averaging 19.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game for the purple and gold.