To no one’s surprise, Russell Westbrook elected to pick up his player option for the 2022-2023 NBA season with the Los Angeles Lakers, ensuring himself a handsome salary of $47.1 million for next year.

While some Lakers fans were holding out hope that Russ’s competitive spirit might have led him to decline the final year of his contract and jump ship onto a better-fitting team, alas as many have done before him, Westbrook chose oodles of guaranteed cash over a hypothetical sense of pure love for the game.

This leaves the Lakers stuck with their “Big 3” last year, a triumvirate of Westbrook, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis that severely underwhelmed and ultimately failed to make it to the postseason, even with the Play-In Tournament’s extended format that gives 10 teams in each conference the chance to make the playoffs.