Russell Westbrook, Lakers have mutual interest in parting ways

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Russell Westbrook have mutual interest in parting ways this offseason, according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.

The Lakers traded for Westbrook in a mega deal, but the fit has been quite disappointing.

The Lakers discussed a deal with the Houston Rockets at the trade deadline centered on Westbrook for John Wall once again, but the teams didn’t gain any significant traction.

The 33-year-old is averaging 18.1 points on a poor 43.2% shooting, 7.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 4.0 turnovers, and an awful 67.0% free throw shooting across 60 games with LA.

Westbrook is making a base salary of $44,211,146 this season, with a player option for the 2022-23 season.

The Lakers are currently ninth in the Western Conference with a below .500, 27-34 record.

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RealGM has also reported that Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Frank Vogel may be out the door in the near future.

The source reported that the team “remains dubious that Pelinka is truly entrenched as Los Angeles’ lead executive beyond this season.”


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