The Los Angeles Lakers shocked the NBA final offseason once they went from being in deep commerce discussions with the Sacramento Kings to putting a take care of the Washington Wizards to land the previous NBA MVP, Russell Westbrook.
As LA wanted three-point capturing, the transfer to purchase a struggling deep shooter like Westbrook over a sharpshooter reminiscent of Buddy Hield left many skeptical concerning the Lakers in 2021-2022.
Looking again on it, the skepticism was undoubtedly warranted. Not solely did the Lakers fail to make the playoffs, however Westbrook’s struggles to match within the system contributed to his staff’s failure in some ways.
Going into the 2022 offseason, there was a query mark surrounding Westbrook’s future with the Lakers. While there hasn’t been a lot Westbrook-related dialogue across the league recently, a current commerce between the Lakers and the Utah Jazz re-ignited these Westbrook talks.
Landing Patrick Beverley
The Lakers boosted their three-point capturing and defensive worth by including the veteran guard Patrick Beverley to the roster. Beverley, a widely known private rival of Westbrook’s, could possibly be the ultimate nail within the coffin for Westbrook’s tenure with the Lakers, in accordance to Jovan Buha of The Athletic.
“Beverley’s arrival makes it more likely that Westbrook will be off the active roster by the start of training camp,” wrote Buha. “Either through a trade or the team sending him home a la the Rockets with John Wall last season, according to a source close to the situation.”
Would The Sixers Consider Westbrook?
The commerce marketplace for Westbrook gained’t be crowded. In reality, it is likely to be empty. Going into the ultimate season of his contract, Westbrook is slated to make almost $50 million.
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That’s an undesirable wage for a man who averaged fewer than 20 factors for the primary time since his second season within the NBA.
Would the Sixers think about buying and selling for Westbrook? It doesn’t take an knowledgeable to assume that’s a tough no from Philly’s finish. In the previous, the 76ers had been linked to Westbrook earlier than he was moved to the Lakers, because the 76ers anticipated Ben Simmons to maintain out in 2021-2022.
But there was by no means any actual steam behind a attainable commerce between the Wizards and the Sixers to ship Westbrook to the City of Brotherly Love to staff up with one other identified enemy of his, Joel Embiid.
Over the previous couple of seasons, the Sixers wanted a backup level guard to convey a activate the bench. You would possibly’ve been ready to make a case to signal a bought-out Westbrook then, however the Sixers hope that the De’Anthony Melton acquisition solves their drawback in that division.
Plus, the concept of getting Westbrook come off the bench would possibly sound good from a staff’s perspective, however it most likely wouldn’t sit properly with Westbrook.
Considering the previous MVP is a nine-time All-Star and did Help lead Washington to the playoffs simply two seasons in the past, Westbrook possible seems like he has sufficient gasoline left within the tank to begin for a staff that wants a veteran level guard.
Whether he turns into obtainable or not, that gained’t be a priority for the Sixers as they’re unlikely to pursue the Lakers guard.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for All76ers, a Sports Illustrated channel. You can observe him for stay updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.