Russell Westbrook has had a rough time with the Los Angeles Lakers and his stock is probably at the lowest it's ever been at this point. He was largely blamed for their disappointing 2021-22 season in which they missed the playoffs and there have been a lot of rumors circulating that the team is trying to trade him in this off-season.

It doesn't look like they'll be able to do it, however, as the team is reportedly unwilling to part with additional assets to get him off their books. That meant that whoever the next coach was going to be after Frank Vogel, had to find a way to get Westbrook to click with the roster.