Former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook is a first-ballet Hall of Famer. Those who can read between the lines will anticipate why we’re leading with that caveat here.
It’s true. Prior to Westbrook, nobody had averaged a triple-double in the NBA since Oscar Robertson in the 1960s. Westbrook did it for three consecutive seasons. He’s changed our concept of what a realistic statistical output is.
The Los Angeles Lakers still desperately need to trade him.
Partly, that’s due to his fit alongside LeBron James. As a non-shooting lead ball-handler, Westbrook doesn’t complement James when he has the ball. Sure, James can space the floor for him, but the Lakers don’t want to be the first team to demote LeBron James to a floor-spacer.
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After all, Westbrook’s decision-making can be problematic when he does have the rock. Unfortunately, coupled with his shooting woes, that’s precisely what’s sunk his trade value.
Nonetheless, here are three deals the Lakers might be able to swing this summer.