Lakers Rumors: Westbrook, Role, Ham, Trade Talks, Schröder

Despite the latest additions of Patrick Beverley and Dennis Schröder, Russell Westbrook is more and more more likely to stay on the Lakers‘ roster, in line with Jovan Buha and Sam Amick of The Athletic.

However, sources inform The Athletic that Westbrook’s position may change, with the crew “strongly” contemplating having the previous league MVP come off the bench in 2022/23. New head coach Darwin Ham has the “full backing” of the group to find out lineups for the upcoming season, and Westbrook should outperform his new teammates throughout minicamp, coaching camp and the preseason to stay the Lakers’ place to begin guard, Buha and Amick write.

Unless the Lakers can discover a commerce that they consider makes them a official title contender, Westbrook is “extremely seemingly” to remain on the roster, sources inform The Athletic.

A serious a part of that line of pondering is that the Lakers wish to hold their monetary and commerce choices open for ’23/24, after they venture to have $30MM+ in cap room at no cost company, per Buha and Amick. Westbrook is on an expiring contract price $47.1MM, and the Lakers have been reluctant to commerce their 2027 and/or 2029 first-round picks to dump him.

Here’s extra on the Lakers:

  • Los Angeles is banking on Ham with the ability to optimize Westbrook’s expertise — and get by to him in a manner that Frank Vogel could not — in addition to a return to well being for Anthony Davis to ensure that the ’22/23 season to achieve success, sources inform Buha and Amick.
  • According to Buha and Amick, the Lakers mentioned a four-team commerce with the Jazz, Knicks and Hornets previous to Donovan Mitchell being dealt to Cleveland, with an early framework cargo Bojan Bogdanovic and Terry Rozier to LA
  • Los Angeles continues to point out curiosity in Bogdanovic, with The Athletic’s duo reporting that Jordan Clarkson and Malik Beasley have been included in latest talks with Utah for Westbrook. However, a deal is taken into account unlikely due to the aforementioned causes — the Lakers do not wish to half with first-rounders and Clarkson has a $14.3MM participant choice for ’23/24 that might eat into the crew’s potential cap room.
  • Along the identical traces, Buha and Amick write that dealing Westbrook to the Pacers for Buddy Hield and Myles Turnerwhich has been rumored a number of instances, can also be “not anticipated” — Hield has a $19.3MM cap hit in ’23/24.
  • Schröder made an Instagram publish expressing his pleasure about returning to the Lakers, saying that he wished to “make s*** proper!” Schröder’s agent, Mark Bartelsteintells Mark Medina of NBA.com (Twitter hyperlink) that the crew knowledgeable Schröder that “there can be numerous minutes for everyone” regardless of a crowded backcourt.

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