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Russell Westbrook to stay with Los Angeles Lakers for next season

By James Brown

Russell Westbrook to stay with Los Angeles Lakers for next season

According to sources, the latest offer presented by the Lakers to the Nets was rejected

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The last year for the Los Angeles Lakers has been disastrous. Bad trades, bad decisions, poor performance and injuries are just some of the problems the Los Angeles Lakers have suffered since they were champions in the 2019-2020 season. However, this summer the front office went to work and brought in Darvin Ham as the new coach and rejuvenated the roster, but all is not bliss.

Something that has generated a lot of excitement among Los Angeles Lakers fans is the very likely departure of Russell Westbrook and the likely arrival of Kyrie Irving. When people heard this rumor there was a lot of excitement, however, something that already seemed imminent seems that in the last hours will not be executed.

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According to Marc Stein, NBA correspondent; "The Brooklyn Nets rejected that proposal outright. The Lakers are willing to give up those two first-round draft picks to get rid of Westbrook's $47.1 million contract," Stein said. "Right now the Nets want to settle the Kevin Durant issue. That's the priority for the team. If Durant stays, Brooklyn will try to compete with their full team," Stein explained.


From the moment the Lakers became responsible for Russell Westbrook and his contract, which made him the highest-paid player on the roster ahead of LeBron and AD, they should have realized the mistake and how hard it would be to get rid of him. Now everything seems to indicate that the Los Angeles Lakers team will have to keep the Long Beach native for at least one more season. Let's hope Darvin Ham has the ability to get Russell Westbrook back to his best.


The other option for the Lakers

There is still another possibility for the Los Angeles Lakers. This possibility would be a possible three-way trade involving teams like the Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers and the Brooklyn Nets themselves. The Lakers will have to listen to the options that these teams are willing to accept and will also have to get rid of their two first-round picks from the 2027 and 2029 drafts, plus a possible departure of Talen Horton-Tucker.  



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