Russell Westbrook became the center of trade rumors after Kevin Durant decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Western Conference champions, Golden State Warriors. The Los Angeles Lakers emerged as the number one team who are reportedly trading at least two of their young cores for the Thunder superstar. Should the Lakers bite the bait?
Dieter Kurtenbach of Fox Sports gave some reasons on why trading for Russell Westbrook makes sense for any NBA teams:
“If the Thunder trade Westbrook today, they would also be trading away the right to sign him to a contract that puts them over the salary cap and the right to sign him to a five-year deal with 7.5 percent raise increases per year.” Kurtenbach said.
“If you trade for Westbrook now, you also trade for the ability to give him a contract no one else can match this time next year. That’s worth an awful lot.”
The acquisition of Brandon Ingram gave the Los Angeles Lakers the chance to prove themselves in the 2016-17 NBA season. However, several trade rumors insisted that the Lakers should trade the combination of D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram.
Russell Westbrook could be a good addition for the Lakers. However, he will become a free agent next year. If the Lakers pursue the trade and still end up being a loser, there is a possibility that he will leave. Ryan Phillips of The Big Lead suggested that the Lakers should not trade for Russell Westbrook.
He cited the same circumstances in the past where the Lakers traded for Dwight Howard. The same thing could happen if the Lakers will not think first before they make the move. Russell Westbrook is indeed one of the best players in the league right now.
Some people call him as a walking triple-double being an athletic superstar for the Oklahoma City Thunder. If the Lakers are really serious to pursue him, they should first guarantee that Russell Westbrook will stay with them for years.
If Westbrook disagrees, the Lakers should continue their journey with the current players they have. The acquisition of Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng is a good move for the Lakers. With the help of Luke Walton, the Lakers’ future looks brighter in the post-Kobe Bryant era.
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