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Los Angeles Lakers are no longer committed to Russell Westbrook

By James Brown

Los Angeles Lakers are no longer committed to Russell Westbrook

Seems that even after all the comments from the Lakers front office, they are not really committed to Russell Westbrook

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Russell Westbrook has been the undisputed number one candidate to leave the Lakers since the end of last season. He has been part of the Lakers offer to get Kyrie Irving via trade, but so far the Brooklyn Nets haven't respond to the Lakers. Darvin Ham came out to say that he already has a plan to use Russell Westbrook in a more effective way, but according to Rob Guerra from Fox Sports, the Lakers are no longer committed to the former MVP.

“It’s clear that the Lakers have been lying to us this entire offseason. Darvin Ham has done a slew of podcasts and media interviews where he said that he’s committed to making Russell Westbrook work alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis, that he’s excited to work with him… none of those things that they listed as the four key factors for the upcoming season sounds like they have any intention whatsoever of making it work with Russell Westbrook." the Fox Sport producer commented.

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