Russell Westbrook has been in the middle of trade rumors since the start of the offseason and his future with the Los Angeles Lakers remains uncertain.
The 17-time NBA champions seek to trade him to another team, but they have failed to strike a deal so far.
As a result, it is likely he will remain with the team for the 2022/23 season and will become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
According to Jovan Buha of The Athletic, Russell Westbrook will likely be a starter for the Lakers this year, if he remains with the franchise.
Russell Westbrook is likely to start if he remains with the Lakers, @jovanbuha writes.
Who else could join him?
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Until now, the Lakers have attempted to send Westbrook to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Kyrie Irving. At the same time, they have included him in a trade package for Indiana Pacers’ duo of Buddy Hield and Myles Turner.
In addition, the Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks have showed interest to acquire the multiple-time All-Star. However, no deal has been made so far.
Russell Westbrook averaged 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.1 assists in 78 games with the Lakers last season.