Los Angeles Lakers fans are hopeful that the big name free agents will consider signing with their team during the next offseason or future offseasons. However, one big name free agent, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, has already made his case about not wanting to play in Los Angeles and that he’s fine playing for his current team.
“Nah. I like where I am now. Oklahoma City is a great place for me,” Westbrook, one of the core players for the Thunder the past seasons, said when asked about the possibility of playing and signing with the Lakers in the future.
Via Anthony Slater, the Thunder beat writer for The Oklahoman:
A reporter asked Russell Westbrook today if he wants to play for the Lakers pic.twitter.com/FwTiQx30pV
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 13, 2016
Westbrook was born in Long Beach, California and also attended high school and college basketball in California-based squads Leuzinger High School and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
However, it appears that even with his California connection the 27-year-old point guard is not too keen on signing with the most popular NBA team in Los Angeles.
With the upcoming 2016 free agency, rumors are ripe that Westbrook’s teammate, Kevin Durant will consider signing with the Lakers when the latter hits free agency after the 2015-2016 NBA Season.
There are also rumors that if Durant signs with the Lakers, Westbrook will follow when he becomes a free agent in the 2017 offseason. Both Durant and Westbrook have stated in other interviews that their focus is with the Thunder’s campaign this season and their mission to win the title for Oklahoma City.
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