The Los Angeles Lakers have few choices left when it comes to a Russell Westbrook commerce, however they could have sufficient choices left to considerably enhance their roster by eliminating him.
Right now, the choice getting probably the most consideration is a possible take care of the Utah Jazz, as they are beginning a rebuilding challenge and have a number of veterans they’re keen to jettison.
But an alternative choice that hasn’t drawn consideration is the San Antonio Spurs.
Earlier this summer time, it was reported that they could have been keen to facilitate a commerce involving Westbrook that may have introduced Kyrie Irving to LA
With Irving staying put with the Brooklyn Nets (at the least for now), the Spurs should still be open to receiving the 2017 league MVP.
Via Spurs Talk:
“At one time limit, the Spurs have been in talks with the Los Angeles Lakers to take in Russell Westbrook’s contract,” LJ Ellis of SpursTalk wrote. “In that state of affairs, San Antonio was to be compensated with a number of draft picks. Currently, a supply shut to the Spurs says the 2 groups are not engaged in energetic talks due to the Lakers preferring affords by each the [Indiana] Pacers and the [Utah] Jazz.
“According to a Western Conference scout, the Lakers are telling groups that they are going to take a wait and see method to trading Westbrook as coaching camp approaches. If the Lakers resolve to commerce Westbrook sooner or later down the road, the Spurs stay one of many few groups within the league open to such a deal.”
There is a rising feeling across the league that the Lakers could not deal Westbrook prior to the beginning of the season, partly as a result of they could have higher offers obtainable to them by the commerce deadline this winter.
Do the Spurs have anybody who might assist the Lakers?
Spurs Talk additionally reported that the Spurs are procuring middle Jakob Poeltl and wing Josh Richardson.
“Sources say Jakob Poeltl and Josh Richardson are the 2 Spurs gamers mostly concerned in commerce talks. While the Spurs have dropped their asking worth for the utilization of their wage cap house, their asking worth for Poeltl and Richardson stays excessive. For Richardson, the Spurs are requesting a primary spherical choose. For Poeltl, the Spurs are asking for two first rounders.
“Although it is undoubtedly potential that the Spurs commerce Poeltl and/or Richardson earlier than the beginning of the common season, a staff insider tells me the franchise is keen to maintain onto each gamers till the commerce deadline if that is what it takes to get a suitable package deal in return.”
Poeltl is a really strong 7-foot-1 middle who will flip 27 subsequent month. He averaged 13.5 factors, 9.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocked pictures per recreation final season.
Although the Lakers appear to have an excellent middle rotation proper now, Poeltl is a participant who might assist transfer the needle.
Richardson, in the meantime, is the kind of wing the Lakers sorely want. At 6-foot-5 and 200 kilos, he has a sturdy 6-foot-10 wingspan, and he shot 41.5 % from 3-point vary final 12 months.
As of now, they’re wanting confirmed choices on the 2-guard spot, as Austin Reaves remains to be considerably underdeveloped and Lonnie Walker IV is not an environment friendly shooter or efficient defender.
Story initially appeared on LeBron Wire