The LA Lakers and the Utah Jazz have reportedly started talking about trading for Russell Westbrook, according to numerous sources.
According to reports, the Los Angeles Lakers have spoken with a number of teams in an effort to find improvements and enable the team to reach the postseason, which doesn’t currently seem feasible. Bojan Bogdanovic of the Detroit Pistons is the Lakers’ top target in their search for a premium shooting option; however, it is unclear whether the Pistons would be willing to deal Bogdanovic.
The team intends to make at least one more transfer before the trade deadline on February 9th in order to increase their chances. The LA Lakers and the Jazz have begun “exploratory talks,” however nothing is final at this time. The Jazz have kept a variety of assets from their All-Star trades of Gobert and Donovan Mitchell in order to bankroll their reconstruction in the upcoming months.
In any case, it will be intriguing to see if the LA Lakers can move a guy with a sizable deal but no potential for further development.
Will the LA Lakers soon trade Russell Westbrook?
After his highly publicised departure, Westbrook was largely expected to aid the LA Lakers in becoming title contenders. The reality, however, has been very different, as he has now found a supporting position and is now competing for this year’s sixth man of the year award.
Westbrook will need to be traded as soon as possible, especially if the LA Lakers want to salvage their current season, due to his salary and the value that LeBron James and the LA Lakers placed on him. Anthony Davis just made a comeback from a second injury absence, and he concluded the game against the Indiana Pacers with 31 points, 14 rebounds, and two blocks.
Assuming the LA Lakers are able to sign another star to replace Russell Westbrook, there is no doubt that they will have a championship-contending team if LeBron James and Anthony Davis remain healthy. Of course, the LA Lakers’ options may be restricted with recent rumours linking Bradley Beal to the team.
There is little doubt that the LA Lakers’ season may depend on the days left until the NBA trade deadline.