Russell Westbrook's time with the Los Angeles Lakers may be coming to an end, and a familiar face may be back on his way to the Purple and Gold.
Shams Charania and Tony Jones of The Athletic reported Wednesday that the Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz "are in discussions on a three-team deal" that would see Westbrook and draft compensation end up in Utah, Mike Conley Jr. go to the Timberwolves and D'Angelo Russell sent to Los Angeles.
Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports provided more context.
If the trade is completed, it doesn't seem like Westbrook will be suiting up for the Jazz to help their playoff push. Chris Haynes of TNT and Bleacher Report reported the "likely path" in such a scenario would be a buyout for the nine-time All-Star.
While Westbrook is a future Hall of Famer with a resume that includes a league MVP, two scoring titles, three assist titles and a spot on the NBA's 75th Anniversary Team, he's been an awkward fit on the Lakers. He is a ball-dominant playmaker, but he can't fully lean into that with LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the floor.