Russell Westbrook RUMORS & NEWS

  • Lakers back in on Buddy Hield after choosing Russell Westbrook trade over him last year

    Clutch Points "The Los Angeles Lakers were linked to a number of trade targets last summer before pulling the trigger on a Russell Westbrook blockbuster. One name that was heavily on their radar is Indiana Pacers sharpshooter Buddy Hield, who still played for the Sacramento..." June 29

  • What Russell Westbrook Exercising Player Option Means For Lakers

    NBA Analysis "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..." June 29

  • Russell Westbrook Celebrates $47 Mil Lakers Payday With Kevin Hart At L.A. Hotspot

    TMZ "Russell Westbrook had the best Tuesday EVER -- because after he scored a $47 MILLION payday from the Lakers ... he celebrated with Kevin Hart at an L.A. hotspot!! Russ opted into the final year of his Lakers contract early Tuesday morning -- making him richer than ever..." June 29

  • Lakers’ Russell Westbrook To Pick Up Option For 2022/23

    Hoops Rumors "Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook will exercise the player option on his contract for 2022/23, according to reports from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. The move, which had long been expected, will lock in Westbrook’s $47,063,478 salary..." June 28

  • Lakers Offered A Trade Package Around Russell Westbrook For Kyrie Irving, But The Nets Rejected The Deal

    Fadeaway World "Lakers fans around the globe woke up to a firestorm of news on Monday morning. After reports of Kyrie Irving's desire to leave the Nets went public, it wasn't long before the Purple and Gold were named as the primary landing spot for his services. At one point, the Lakers..." June 27

  • Russell Westbrook Is The Centerpiece Of This Trade To The Spurs

    NBA Analysis "Having read the headline of this piece, you’ve probably got a question: Why would the San Antonio Spurs trade for former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook? The answer is the same answer just about any team would give. They’d be landing an expiring contract. Spoiler alert:..." June 26

  • Russell Westbrook Threatens Skip Bayless For Calling Him Westbrick

    Black Sports Online "Russell Westbrook has to be above this. I know he is sensitive about being Westbrick, but that is within the realm of acceptable trash talk. He knows Skip Bayless is a troll and trying to get a reaction from him, so he needs to be more like LeBron and just let it go. He..." June 26

  • 3 Post-Draft Trade Ideas For Lakers’ Russell Westbrook

    NBA Analysis "When the Los Angeles Lakers traded for Russell Westbrook last NBA offseason, most people’s first thought was probably a simple “wow”. With some time to process the facts, many probably had a similar second thought: “How on earth is this going to..." June 25

  • This Clippers-Lakers Trade Features Russell Westbrook

    NBA Analysis "In the NBA, the Battle of Los Angeles has never been much of a battle at all. The Los Angeles Lakers have been synonymous with success. Since the 1970s, they’ve been a factor in the race for the Larry O’Brien trophy as often as they haven’t been. When the Lakers..." June 25

  • Russell Westbrook Threatens FS1’s Skip Bayless Over Disrespectful Tweet

    Total Pro Sports "Russell Westbrook is sick and tired of Skip Bayless calling him out of his name. Westbrook is a player that has often been criticized during this season for his poor performances for the Los Angeles Lakers. It earned him the nickname of ‘Westbrick,’ and he really does not..." June 25

  • Russell Westbrook’s wife Nina also puts Skip Bayless on blast for disrespecting her husband

    Clutch Points "Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook got into a Twitter feud with Skip Bayless on Friday after the Fox Sports analyst proceeded to call him “Westbrick”. Paul George even came to the defense of his former teammate but he wasn’t the only..." June 25

  • Lakers’ demands of Russell Westbrook for 2022-23 season, revealed

    Clutch Points "With the 2022 NBA Draft complete, the next big thing this NBA offseason is the league’s free agency period. Many stars are still deciding whether or not to opt into their player options or test the waters of free agency. This includes Russell Westbrook, who has yet to sign his $47..." June 24

  • Hornets’ Russell Westbrook trade stance will make LaMelo Ball look twice

    Clutch Points "Trading Russell Westbrook was always going to be difficult. The point guard is 33-years old and is owed northwards of $47 million in 2022-2023. Additionally, he is coming off of an extremely underwhelming 2021-2022 season with the Los Angeles Lakers. After missing the postseason,..." June 21

  • This Lakers-Nets Trade Swaps Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook

    NBA Analysis "The Los Angeles and Brooklyn Nets were thought of by some analysts as being the top threats to win the NBA Finals entering the 2021-22 season. Neither team came close to doing so. Not only did the Lakers not even come close to reaching the NBA Finals, but they also didn’t even..." June 20

  • Should Lakers Trade Russell Westbrook amid Rumors Around LeBron James' Future in LA?

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Lakers could make multiple, franchise-altering decisions during the 2022 NBA season. Chief among them is the future of $47.1 million floor general Russell Westbrook, who appears like a prime summer trade candidate, but only if the front office is willing to make..." June 18

  • Darvin Ham Breaks Down How He’ll Use Russell Westbrook Alongside LeBron James And Anthony Davis

    Fadeaway World "The Los Angeles Lakers hit their absolute rock bottom when they slumped to 11th place finish unable to find a place even in the play-in tournament. While their off-season moves of trading for superstar Russell Westbrook looked like a gamble worth taking, it certainly blew up in their..." June 18

  • Lakers Could Land Bradley Beal For Russell Westbrook And Draft Picks

    Fadeaway World "Even though everything points out the Los Angeles Lakers won't make any move involving Russell Westbrook this summer, the team might be keeping all the options on the table, as they continue to find the best players to build a competitive squad.  They are reportedly operating..." June 17

  • LeBron James Wanted DeMar DeRozan Over Russell Westbrook

    Fadeaway World "The Los Angeles Lakers had a season to forget and forget quickly this year, failing to qualify for the play-in tournament and being poor throughout despite boasting a big 3 of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook. Westbrook regressed at an alarming rate, Davis was barely healthy..." June 16

  • Russell Westbrook trades: How Malcolm Brogdon, Buddy Hield could fit on Lakers in a hypothetical Pacers deal

    CBS Sports "The fundamental obstacle standing between the Los Angeles Lakers and a Russell Westbrook trade is one simple question: Why would any other team want him? He's set to make $47 million next season. He's never been able to shoot. Not even joining LeBron..." June 15

  • 1 Bold Trade To Send Lakers’ Russell Westbrook To Clippers

    NBA Analysis "In the NBA, the Battle of Los Angeles has never been much of a battle at all. The Los Angeles Lakers have been synonymous with success. Since the 1970s, they’ve been a factor in the race for the Larry O’Brien trophy as often as they haven’t been. When the Lakers..." June 15

  • How Lakers can try to salvage their offseason if Russell Westbrook isn't traded

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers badly want you to believe that they might not trade Russell Westbrook. They've on multiple occasions leaked an unwillingness to attach draft capital to Westbrook if that's what it takes to get rid of him. A major component of their..." June 13

  • Lakers' Russell Westbrook receives ultimate honor in OKC after another philanthropic act

    Clutch Points "It’s now been three years since Los Angeles Lakers star Russell Westbrook left the Oklahoma City Thunder, but it is clear that he still holds the city close to his heart. The former league MVP recently returned to OKC to make an awesome donation through his..." June 13

  • Russell Westbrook 'Expected' to Pick Up Player Option

    SI "In a Lakers world full of ifs, one thing that was surely going to happen has been officially confirmed by the NBA preeminent basketball reporter. During Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Russell Westbrook will be picking up..." June 10

  • 2 Bold Trades To Send Lakers’ Russell Westbrook To Timberwolves

    NBA Analysis "All things considered, the Minnesota Timberwolves had a solid 2021-22 NBA season. On the other hand, if good is the enemy of great, then greatness and the Timberwolves are on bad terms. The Wolves won 46 games. They lost in the first round of the playoffs to a decidedly stronger..." June 10

  • Here's What A Russell Westbrook Trade To The Spurs Would Look Like

    NBA Analysis "Having read the headline of this piece, you’ve probably got a question: Why would the San Antonio Spurs trade for former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook? The answer is the same answer just about any team would give. They’d be landing an expiring contract. Spoiler alert:..." June 09

  • Adrian Wojnarowski Calls Russell Westbrook "Westbrick"

    Fadeaway World "It has not been an easy season for Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook. Westbrook had a troubled season where he ended up taking a lot of the blame for the Lakers' failure to make the Playoffs due to his sub-par and inconsistent performances. The most consistent highlights of his..." June 09

  • Darvin Ham Reveals Russell Westbrook's Personal Mission For Next Season

    Fadeaway World "The Los Angeles Lakers are slowly but surely putting their abysmal 2021-22 NBA season behind them. They are preparing to improve their chances of at least fulfilling the expectations of the fans to have a great playoff run. In the 2021-22 NBA season, the Lakers played so..." June 07

  • Russell Westbrook Laughed When An NBA Reporter Asked If He'd Come Off The Bench Next Season

    Fadeaway World "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..." June 07

  • Darvin Ham Believes Russell Westbrook Has A Lot Left In The Tank

    Fadeaway World "Russell Westbrook had an up and down season with the Los Angeles Lakers season, and many fans criticized his performances over the course of the year. Despite all the noise, Russell Westbrook still managed to average 18.5 PPG, 7.4 RPG, and 7.1 APG with the Lakers, and his performances notably..." June 06

  • Smart Trade Idea For The Knicks And Lakers Involving Russell Westbrook and Julius Randle

    Fadeaway World "The New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers are both franchises that have had subpar years. The New York Knicks missed the playoffs after getting the 4th seed during the 2020-21 season, while the Los Angeles Lakers looked far from the championship contenders that many people expected them to..." June 05

  • Blockbuster Trade Features Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook

    NBA Analysis "The Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns both have one major thing in common as they look to the NBA offseason to make changes. They each had high hopes for the 2021-22 season but came up short. With LeBron James still playing at an All-NBA level, the Lakers will look to do what they..." June 05

  • 3 Intriguing New Trade Ideas For Lakers’ Russell Westbrook

    NBA Analysis "The Los Angeles Lakers would love to trade Russell Westbrook this NBA offseason. That is not a controversial statement. Relitigating the former MVP’s career feels unfair. Being honest about his current place in the league’s pecking order does not. Westbrook’s..." June 04

  • Russell Westbrook Praises Savannah James For Repping His Brand, LeBron James Reacts On Instagram Story

    Fadeaway World "Russell Westbrook is living confusing times right now, as nobody knows what will happen with his Lakers career. After a tumultuous first season with the Purple and Gold, the former MVP's future isn't secured, as many people think he could leave the team this..." June 03

  • 3 Trade Packages To Send D’Angelo Russell To Wizards

    NBA Analysis "Armchair General Managers around the internet would have the Washington Wizards trade NBA All-Star Bradley Beal and rebuild. That doesn’t mean the organization shares that line of thinking. At the same time, they might. The Wizards’ future is difficult to predict at the..." June 01

  • This Heat-Lakers Trade Swaps Kyle Lowry, Russell Westbrook

    NBA Analysis "The Miami Heat find themselves in an interesting position entering the NBA offseason following their recent appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals. It’s hard to know where they’ll go next. This core features a unique age discrepancy between its key players. Jimmy..." June 01

  • Chris Broussard Warns The Lakers Against Keeping Russell Westbrook

    Fadeaway World "Everyone can agree that the Los Angeles Lakers made the right decision by hiring Darvin Ham as the team's new head coach. Despite some inexperience in the role, he spent years working behind Mike Budenholzer in Milwaukee and is said to have "wowed" the Lakers with his Xs and..." May 30

  • Lakers Unwilling To Use Assets To Trade Russell Westbrook

    NBA Analysis "The Los Angeles Lakers made their first big move of the NBA offseason, as they announced that Milwaukee Bucks assistant head coach, Darvin Ham, will be taking over as their head coach. Ham performed well during his interviews and will hopefully inject some life into a Lakers franchise..." May 30

  • Should Lakers Target Tim Hardaway Jr. In Potential Russell Westbrook Trade?

    NBA Analysis "If the Los Angeles Lakers mean to trade Russell Westbrook, they’re going to have to take on some bad contracts in return. Russell Westbrook’s $47 million deal does expire at the end of the 2022-23 NBA season, but his astronomical salary figure and comparatively poor play have marked..." May 30

  • 3 reasons the Russell Westbrook experiment can still work for LeBron James, Lakers

    Clutch Points "The Russell Westbrook trade did not pan out for the Los Angeles Lakers in year one. Los Angeles missed the playoffs, despite starting the season as one of the favorites to win the championship. Westbrook never quite fit in with the team, but that was not the only problem they..." May 29

  • The Russell Westbrook ‘directive’ that proves Lakers will NOT trade him

    Clutch Points "The Los Angeles Lakers were able to solve one of the biggest questions marks for their team this offseason, filling the void in the head coaching spot with Darvin Ham. But arguably the most contentious decision left is the one on Russell Westbrook. There have been..." May 29

  • What the head-coaching move means for LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Los Angeles' NBA title hopes

    ESPN "How can new coach Darvin Ham help the Los Angeles Lakers get back in NBA title contention? On Friday, just before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Lakers have decided on the longtime Milwaukee..." May 28

  • 3 Fresh Trade Ideas Involving Lakers’ Russell Westbrook

    NBA Analysis "If you’ve been keeping up, you know that many people expect the Lakers to look to move Russell Westbrook this NBA offseason. It may be easier said than done. After all, Westbrook’s leaguewide perception has taken a hit over recent years. His inability to play alongside..." May 27

  • Ranking The Lakers Top Five Russell Westbrook Options

    Clutch Points "Earlier this week, The Athletic’s Jovan Buha reported that the increased momentum toward the Los Angeles Lakers running it back with Russell Westbrook is not solely posturing. Here’s what my fellow beat reporter wrote: “It’s not merely..." May 26

  • How Russell Westbrook’s Contract Could Become Lakers Asset

    NBA Analysis "There have been a lot of discussions already this offseason for the Los Angeles Lakers about what to do with point guard Russell Westbrook. Some people believe they have to part ways after how poorly things went during the 2021-22 NBA season. Westbrook was never able to find his niche..." May 26

  • Terry Stotts ‘intrigued’ by coaching Russell Westbrook with the Los Angeles Lakers

    Sportsnaut "Former Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts officially interviewed for the Los Angeles Lakers’ vacancy in Southern California on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Stotts is one of three known finalists to replace Frank Vogel on the..." May 25

  • Russell Westbrook's Contract Breakdown

    Fadeaway World "There was a time and place when paying Russell Westbrook, one of the top salaries in the league, was worth it. Westbrook was averaging triple-doubles and creating some of the greatest stat lines we had seen since Oscar Robertson. With that said, since Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City..." May 25

  • Teams asking Los Angeles Lakers for 1st-rounder in Russell Westbrook trade talks

    The Score "Potential trade partners for Russell Westbrook are driving a hard bargain in negotiations. Teams are demanding at least one future first-round pick from the Los Angeles Lakers in order to assume the remaining $47 million on Westbrook's contract if he exercises..." May 24

  • Does A Kyrie Irving-Russell Westbrook Swap Make Sense For Both Teams?

    Heavy "News broke this week of a secret meetup at the NBA Draft Combine between the Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks. Both teams are coming off of disappointing seasons and have some imminent roster moves that..." May 24

  • Why bringing Russell Westbrook back would be a colossal mistake for the Lakers

    The Athletic "What would it look like if the Los Angeles Lakers pivot and keep Russell Westbrook next season? It’s a question the organization has been asking itself over the last few weeks as it regroups from a disastrous 2021-22 season. Though Westbrook can..." May 24

  • Magic Johnson wants Russell Westbrook back

    Larry Brown Sports "Magic Johnson is not exactly known for his hard-hitting analysis, and that continued this week with his latest take on the Los Angeles Lakers. The retired Lakers great Johnson spoke in an interview with David Aldridge of The Athletic and offered a suggestion for how the..." May 24