Russell Westbrook, a point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, has listed his property in Brentwood for sale. Russell Westbrook, a point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, is still the subject of trade speculation.
The Lakers had a poor 33-49 record in the previous campaign. Westbrook was an odd fit for the Lakers right away.
Westbrook, who has a poor three-point shooting reputation, was a member of a Lakers team that shot only 34.7 percent from outside the arc last year (22nd in the NBA).
However, things didn’t go as well as expected. Westbrook recorded career lows in win shares, box plus-minus, and value over replacement player (all 0.2) (1.7).
Given that the Lakers lost Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso, two crucial perimeter defenders, Westbrook’s lack of continuous defensive discipline turned out to be crucial. In terms of defensive rating, the Lakers were 21st in the league (112.8).
Lakers: Is a deal for Russell Westbrook in the works?
Could there finally be a Westbrook trade after months of persistent rumors?
The Wall Street Journal claims that Westbrook has listed his L.A. Mansion in the vicinity for $29.995 million.
NBA players sometimes put their homes up for sale, but Westbrook’s circumstance draws extra attention to the listing.
Additionally, on September 9, The Lowe Post’s Ramona Shelburne of ESPN stated that Westbrook is “extremely open” to a trade.
“Russ is very open to a trade,” Shelburne said. “He hasn’t asked for a trade. I’ve been assured of that. But he’s open to that, and somebody who wants him and wants to empower him and wants him to be Russell Westbrook of old.”
Westbrook’s value on the trade market is minimal at this point in his career. His contract is about to expire. According to Spotrac, he will have a cap hit of $47,063,478 this year.
Westbrook’s expiring contract would probably be valued by a possible trading partner, who would also want to free up future cap space.
Westbrook to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Buddy Hield and Myles Turner has been mentioned as one potential trade.
Since Hield still has two years left on his contract, it makes more sense for the Pacers to give Tyrese Haliburton, Chris Duarte, and Bennedict Mathurin more playing time.
Hield and Turner, however, are not depreciating assets. Turner averaged 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game while Hield averaged 15.6 points per game and made 3.2 three-pointers a game.
Westbrook to the Pacers trade negotiations were reportedly “dead” in July, according to Bob Kravitz of The Athletic (subscription needed), since the Lakers wouldn’t offer the Pacers two first-round selections as part of the deal.
The Pacers may finally be willing to accept the Lakers’ demands if a deal is now in place, or another team may have unexpectedly entered the race.