The Los Angeles Lakers were a hot mess last season. After a season where two of their superstars in LeBron James and Anthony Davis both missed time, the Lakers thought adding a new superstar will be a great option for the team. Enter Russell Westbrook. Giving up a bunch of their important rotational players and first-round draft picks, the Lakers took the gamble and added the former MVP.
A season later and a 33-49 record to show for paints a clear picture. With no clear structure and players like Bron and AD continuing to miss time with injuries, the Lakers who were touted to be one of the favorites last season, looked like a lottery team on some occasions. After a dreadful 2021-22 season, it is only natural that the Lakers are in the center of the rumor mill right now.
Despite all the ongoing rumors, no deal has materialized so far and some reports have even suggested that the Purple and Gold might run it back next season. This has especially been the case ever since the appointment of Darvin Ham, who has publicly claimed that Westbrook is in the Lakers’ plan next season.
While this move has not been the most popular among fans, NBA insider Ryen Russillo thinks that the Lakers might be making a grave mistake if they stick with Russ next season. (3:49 onwards)