Los Angeles Lakers are trying to build a winning squad around LeBron James and Anthony Davis this offseason but appear to be stuck with Russell Westbrook contract and its worth of $47 million.
LeBron James reportedly saw enough playing with Russell Westbrook and he’s not interested to continue playing with the former MVP. At least that what was reported as a matter of fact during an ESPN podcast.
The report came from ESPN insider Dave McMenamin during his appearance on The Lowe Post podcast with Zach Lowe. Westbrook had a down year during his first season in Los Angeles.
“It’s pretty darn clear that Lebron James has seen enough and he has no interest in going another year with Russell Westbrook as his teammate,” McMenamin said (h/t HoopsWire)
Westbrook was unable to lead Los Angeles to the playoffs and averaged 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 78 games. James did everything he could but was also kind of limited by knee issues.
That did not stop him from averaging 30.2 points on 52%/35% shooting splits along with 8.2 rebounds and 6.2 rebounds in 56 games played. The Lakers’ star trio of James, Davis and Westbrook connected during Summer League to talk on the roles.
Westbrook is constantly involved in different trade scenarios for Kyrie Irving and the Pacers duo of Buddy Hield and Myles Turner. It’s pretty obvious the Lakers’ front office will be a better team without the former MVP.
It’s really tough to know what James thinks of Westbrook. However, their presence courtside during the Summer League wasn’t chronicled as other teams’ star players with the two players sitting in different places.