Lakers: Russell Westbrook Addresses Trade Speculation Ahead Of Thursday Deadline
The LA reserve guard and his expiring $47.1 million contract could be on the move.
Following a disheartening 131-126 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, who had been on a 10-game losing streak themselves coming into the game, Los Angeles Lakers reserve point guard Russell Westbrook spoke to gathered media about his solid performance in limited minutes on Saturday, as well as his tenuous future in town.
“That’s not up to me,” Westbrook noted matter-of-factly. “Like I said, I’ve known this was a business since I was 18 or 19 years old. My dad taught me that. Y’all get agents when you get into this league, it’s a business. And people make business decisions, whatever decisions that they make, and I’ll make sure I’m ready professionally like I always have been and always will be.”
Westbrook, on an expiring $47.1 million contract, has recently been rumored to potentially be on the move, as the Lakers look to add more depth around LA stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Charlotte Hornets, Utah Jazz, and of course the Brooklyn Nets all appear to be possible landing spots for the 34-year-old vet.
Last night against the Pelicans, the UCLA product scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor (2-of-3 from deep) and 1-of-2 shooting from behind the charity stripe.