The Los Angeles Lakers front office is still looking to make a bold move this offseason — if not for Kyrie Irving, maybe bringing in a player such as Eric Gordon or Patrick Beverley.
However, it looks more and more like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook will be together in the Lakers training camp this fall.
Despite the frosty relationship between Westbrook and LeBron on display for all to see in Las Vegas, the trio jumped on the phone together and hash things out, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
The Los Angeles Lakers’ Big 3 of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook huddled up on a phone conversation the first weekend of NBA Summer League in Las Vegas with each expressing their commitment to one another and vowing to make it work, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
New Lakers coach Darvin Ham has said all the right things this offseason about getting Davis healthy and playing like he did in the bubble, and getting Westbrook to play within the system. Peak Davis remains the biggest key to the Lakers’ success next season — regardless of what other trades are made — but an inefficient Westbrook refusing to play a role or within the system could still sabotage those plans. Westbrook splitting with his long-time agent is not a great sign he’s ready to accept a lesser role right now.
The Lakers are still looking to make a big move this offseason. Here’s what ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on Get Up (hat tip Hoop Rumors).
“I think the Lakers will make a deal. Maybe more than one deal. It may not be for Kyrie Irving, it may not be for an All-NBA player, an All-Star. But players like Eric Gordon in Houston, Buddy Hield in Indiana, players like Patrick Beverley, who came to the Jazz in a trade from Minnesota, who are role players are winning teams. What is the price for those kind of moves? I think they’re going to continue to be active on all those things.”
Marc Stein added this bit of pure speculation in his latest newsletter.
Yet one league source advised me in Las Vegas to keep an eye on the Knicks and Lakers discussing a potential Westbrook deal if —…
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Publish date : 2022-07-18 23:15:06
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