The chance of Russell Westbrook’s involvement in a commerce between the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio reportedly nonetheless exists, in response to a brand new report.
LJ Ellis of SpursSpeak.com checked out attainable offers the Spurs may doubtlessly make and famous the Lakers’ curiosity in three gamers.
“Interestingly, a crew insider says that talks between the Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers involving Russell Westbrook are nonetheless alive,” Ellis wrote. “Those talks have been on the again burner for a few months however I’ve been advised that each the Lakers and Spurs stay open to the chance relying on how the subsequent two weeks play out previous to the commerce deadline.
“In addition to Poeltl, the Lakers are mentioned to be keen on Josh Richardson and Doug McDermott.”
Westbrook is within the closing 12 months of his large deal and efforts by the Lakers to commerce him in the course of the previous 12 months have repeatedly come up brief. Earlier this season, McDermott and Richardson had been talked about in commerce rumors.
When the Lakers acquired Westbrook in a blockbuster deal in 2021, the expectation was that he’d be a central piece of the crew’s quest for one more title. Those expectations rapidly diminished when chemistry points involving the crew’s lineup and accidents turned the Lakers right into a struggling franchise.
This season, Westbrook has come off the bench in 41 of the 44 video games this season and is averaging 15.9 factors, 7.6 assists and 6.6 rebounds per recreation.
Poeltl is 27 years previous and was taken by the Toronto Raptors with the ninth general decide of the 2016 NBA Draft. Two years later, he and DeMar DeRozan had been traded to the Spurs within the blockbuster deal that despatched Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors.
Now in his seventh NBA season, the 7-foot-1 Poeltl is averaging 12.2 factors, 9.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 blocks per recreation. During the previous two seasons, Poeltl has come near averaging a double-double, which is why the Lakers and different groups have reportedly been keen on his availability.
Richardson is a 29-year-old guard and is at the moment taking part in for his fifth completely different NBA crew. This season, he is averaging 11.4 factors, 3.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds per recreation.
The 31-year-old McDermott is a small ahead who’s additionally moved round, with the Spurs being his sixth completely different crew. This season, he got here off the bench in every of his 40 appearances and is averaging 10.1 factors, 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per recreation.
In the case of Richardson and McDermott, the Spurs reportedly haven’t any intention of merely letting both participant go for a restricted return. Ellis stories that the Spurs are searching for a first-round decide for Richardson and “one thing of worth” for McDermott.
The Spurs are at the moment within the midst of rebuilding their franchise, so buying Westbrook wouldn’t be a part of any long-term technique. If the Spurs did purchase him, shedding his large wage on the finish of the season would unencumber cash for the free agent market.
The NBA commerce deadline is developing quickly on Feb. 9, so commerce talks involving the gamers talked about would wish to choose up if curiosity on each side continues.