The Los Angeles Lakers seem to have a sincere desire to revolve their offseason around a potential Russell Westbrook trade. However, completing a trade involving him won’t be easy for several reasons. One of the biggest reasons? Other teams have been asking for a steep price to take on Westbrook and his contract. Via Lakers Daily:
“Westbrook and the Lakers failed to make the playoffs in the 2021-22 season, and the team may decide to trade him this coming offseason. However, it’s going to come at a price for Los Angeles.
“‘Teams have been demanding the inclusion of at least one first-round pick to take on Westbrook’s massive expiring contract, according to league sources,’ The Athletic’s Jovan Buha wrote. ‘Rival teams know how much of a public train-wreck last season was for the Lakers, and they’re not looking to do Los Angeles any favors by helping them off of Westbrook’s contract.’”
Russell Westbrook reportedly would play for Bucks:
REPORT: Russell Westbrook has formally requested a trade from the Los Angeles Lakers.
His list of preferred trade destinations include the Warriors, Bucks, and Heat. 👀🔥 pic.twitter.com/bqUSEJtFT1
— ًHoop CentraI (@TheHooopCentral) May 25, 2022
Subsequently, The Brooklyn Nets (via Kyrie Irving trade) became a hot topic for this type of trade. However, if the Milwaukee Bucks were able to pull off a Russell Westbrook trade, it would add another lethal scorer to their team. The only catch? A trade like this may cost losing a valuable player like Khris Middleton or Jrue Holiday.
Milwaukee general manager Jon Horst and head coach Mike Budenholzer have a lot of difficult decisions to make this offseason following their loss to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. And it might just begin with a conversation surrounding a potential Russell Westbrook trade.