Do Lakers Have a Shot at Russell Westbrook Now?

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steven18
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With the decision that pretty much rocked the NBA for the next 5 years do the Lakers have a shot a Westbrook now?

Many are saying the Thunder will look to trade Westbrook should we trade for him or wait next year?


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I think so- he said that if he leaves he'd probably go to LA, but I think the team needs to show some serious potential and improvement over last season.


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Wait for him. Be patient, Lakers.


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It's an interesting question for sure. Do you trade some of the youth away to secure him and his bird rights now? This would invariably make the Lakers more attractive in FA next year, since we'd already have a superstar (assuming he re-signs of course).

Or do you wait until next offseason and hope he chooses to leave OKC and come here?


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We should find out very soon if he will be available for trade this year. OKC with the extra cap will try to renegotiate his contract while giving more money and adding more years to it. If he agrees then he must want to stay, if he tells them no, I don't see how OKC doesn't trade him.

And I think they will trade him this year, because he is worth a lot more this summer, then half way through the year.

Furthermore, no team will give up much without Westbrook saying I will sign this summer or just agreeing to an extension with the new team.

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I think if there's a fair sign and trade deal you have to do it. Why take a chance and hope he comes? He's the real deal and will instantly turn us into a playoff team.


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OCLakerfan8 wrote:
I think if there's a fair sign and trade deal you have to do it. Why take a chance and hope he comes? He's the real deal and will instantly turn us into a playoff team.

Fair deal is key. Agree you do it for 2 of those guys. I would be fine with Russell and Randle and maybe some picks, I just think OKC is going to ask for way more. And if that's the case, Mitch needs to hang up.


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Fair deal is key. Agree you do it for 2 of those guys. I would be fine with Russell and Randle and maybe some picks, I just think OKC is going to ask for way more. And if that's the case, Mitch needs to hang up.

As long as Ingram is not part of the deal I say any deal is fair. I'll throw in Mozgov too, as a "thank you." LMAO.


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We should not trade any of the young core so that Westbrook can walk away for free next year.

If there is anything we have learned from the Howard experience - do not trade for 1 year remaining contracts unless they are also extending their contracts.

Next year besides Westbrook, Rose is UFA and Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have a Player options.

Why rent for 1 year with no guarantees afterwards while paying a high price when you have absolutely no shot at a title right now?


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kerby720 wrote:
It's an interesting question for sure. Do you trade some of the youth away to secure him and his bird rights now? This would invariably make the Lakers more attractive in FA next year, since we'd already have a superstar (assuming he re-signs of course).

Or do you wait until next offseason and hope he chooses to leave OKC and come here?

It's really interesting for sure, as much as i would like him on the team now to use as a recruiting chip, i can't imagine what the Thunder would demand...if they got Oladipo, Ilyasova, and Sabonis for a declining Ibaka imagine what they would demand for Westbrook? a top 5 player in the NBA....they would probably want Russell, Randle, and Ingram (just to begin with)


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Rozelo wrote:
We should not trade any of the young core so that Westbrook can walk away for free next year.

If there is anything we have learned from the Howard experience - do not trade for 1 year remaining contracts unless they are also extending their contracts.

Next year besides Westbrook, Rose is UFA and Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have a Player options.

Why rent for 1 year with no guarantees afterwards while paying a high price when you have absolutely no shot at a title right now?

The Lakers won't give up any youth without him extending his contract with us. The reason we did not require that with Howard was, well we didn't give up much. We gave a pick that is still just a pick and a injured Bynum. Howard deal was a no risk deal.

There is no way we give youth up for Westbrook for a rental. We won;t and no other team will give up a significant piece with out him agreeing to an extension.


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I don't believe Durant leaving is the catalyst for OKC blowing up the whole team. When LA traded shaq, they built around Kobe. OKC has to build around Westbrook now.

Hopefully LA doesn't mortgage the future to get Westbrook. Who is he going to play with when it will take multiple players to acquire him? Russ is in the driver's seat. If he wants to play in LA then he can sign during the offseason. Why get traded to a roster left with Mozgof, Deng and Clarkson? I'm sure okc will want Ingram, Russell and possibly Randle. Screw that


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Ray wrote:
The Lakers won't give up any youth without him extending his contract with us. The reason we did not require that with Howard was, well we didn't give up much. We gave a pick that is still just a pick and a injured Bynum. Howard deal was a no risk deal.

There is no way we give youth up for Westbrook for a rental. We won;t and no other team will give up a significant piece with out him agreeing to an extension.

Totally agree, plus Westbrook pretty much controls wherever he goes, so if he truly wants to be a Laker, than OKC will have no choice but to take what we give them, as long as it's reasonable. Either way if he is traded, I'm pretty sure that's the team he'll sign with, unless someone takes a big chance and thinks they can convince him to sign with them.


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Ray wrote:
We should find out very soon if he will be available for trade this year. OKC with the extra cap will try to renegotiate his contract while giving more money and adding more years to it. If he agrees then he must want to stay, if he tells them no, I don't see how OKC doesn't trade him.

And I think they will trade him this year, because he is worth a lot more this summer, then half way through the year.

Furthermore, no team will give up much without Westbrook saying I will sign this summer or just agreeing to an extension with the new team.

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It's a tough spot for Presti to be in that's for sure. He hopes that Westbrook is willing to sign the extension, otherwise a lot of your leverage disappears. If Westbrook doesn't sign, then you have to trade him. However, everyone knows that so the return you'll get will decline as the season wears on.


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Ray wrote:
The Lakers won't give up any youth without him extending his contract with us. The reason we did not require that with Howard was, well we didn't give up much. We gave a pick that is still just a pick and a injured Bynum. Howard deal was a no risk deal.

There is no way we give youth up for Westbrook for a rental. We won;t and no other team will give up a significant piece with out him agreeing to an extension.

True, even though that pick we gave up was our 2017 pick, which could prove quite valuable.

If you give up a lot, then why would Westbrook re-sign with a depleted team? This is a complicated scenario, which I doubt it will happen.


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And I repeat- Both Paul and Griffin will be available. Those Clippers will not stay together past this season, unless a miracle happens and they at least reach the Conference Finals. They are not winning, not going anywhere and their combination clearly does not work


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You think we can do this?

Trade Russell & next yrs #1to Sac 4 boogie / Ingram n Lou 4 Westbrook.

Sign Jennings / ginobli/ harkless /Gasol...vet contracts

Team next yr

Westbrook Clarkson Deng Randle Cousins.

Jennings, Ginobli, Harklees Nance, Gasol

Playoff surprise ?


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Rozelo wrote:
True, even though that pick we gave up was our 2017 pick, which could prove quite valuable.

If you give up a lot, then why would Westbrook re-sign with a depleted team? This is a complicated scenario, which I doubt it will happen.

Just to be exact the Howard pick is not 2017. The pick we gave to the Suns will get priority over the Howard pick.

And if for some reason we keep our pick next year, the Howard pick actually turns into (2) 2nd rounders. If we lose our pick next year, the Howard pick will be a 2019 first rounder.


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kerby720 wrote:
It's an interesting question for sure. Do you trade some of the youth away to secure him and his bird rights now? This would invariably make the Lakers more attractive in FA next year, since we'd already have a superstar (assuming he re-signs of course).

Or do you wait until next offseason and hope he chooses to leave OKC and come here?

This is pretty much what happened with Love. An under the table was mentioned before they made the deal that he was going to resign.


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I don't know guys. This is a dilemma for sure. If Westbrook wants out at the end of the season and states he is going to LA next year (with or without another FA), OKC has very few poker chips. They have to move him. They just got stung by KD really bad.

That said: 100% of you guys are sure you would bring him over, but for what? and is it guaranteed he stays.

He would have to guarantee he signs next year and stays on.

If they want Russell and Williams and our 2017 pick (i don't even hesitate). It makes us relevant again.

If they ask for two players (russell & randle or ingram), I may still do the deal.

Asking for all 3 of our current 1st rounders is too steep. I may offer Mozgov/Clarkson with Russell and Randle for Westbrook/Adams.


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I don't know guys. This is a dilemma for sure. If Westbrook wants out at the end of the season and states he is going to LA next year (with or without another FA), OKC has very few poker chips. They have to move him. They just got stung by KD really bad.

That said: 100% of you guys are sure you would bring him over, but for what? and is it guaranteed he stays.

He would have to guarantee he signs next year and stays on.

If they want Russell and Williams and our 2017 pick (i don't even hesitate). It makes us relevant again.

If they ask for two players (russell & randle or ingram), I may still do the deal.

Asking for all 3 of our current 1st rounders is too steep. I may offer Mozgov/Clarkson with Russell and Randle for Westbrook/Adams.

I'm higher on Ingram than any of the other young players. Keep Ingram, maybe you can move the other guys for RW & another piece. If they ask for all 3 of Russell, Randle, Ingram, forget it.


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hell, i'd drop russell for west. possibly russell and randle for west and sabonis. it won't happen but i don't think we should leverage our future. patience is key rn. okc is the one that will get pressured into the rebuild and honestly, we're one of the better teams with young assets at the moment... if they want to trade, lets trade but not at their advantage


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hell, i'd drop russell for west. possibly russell and randle for west and sabonis. it won't happen but i don't think we should leverage our future. patience is key rn. okc is the one that will get pressured into the rebuild and honestly, we're one of the better teams with young assets at the moment... if they want to trade, lets trade but not at their advantage

That's for sure. The most I'd be willing to give up is Clarkson, Randle, and a 1st or DLo and Randle. Anything more than that and Mitch should tell them to kick rocks. Their leverage will get shot to hell if they look to deal him, cause everyone will know he's not signing an extension in OKC.


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I don't know guys. This is a dilemma for sure. If Westbrook wants out at the end of the season and states he is going to LA next year (with or without another FA), OKC has very few poker chips. They have to move him. They just got stung by KD really bad.

That said: 100% of you guys are sure you would bring him over, but for what? and is it guaranteed he stays.

He would have to guarantee he signs next year and stays on.

If they want Russell and Williams and our 2017 pick (i don't even hesitate). It makes us relevant again.

If they ask for two players (russell & randle or ingram), I may still do the deal.

Asking for all 3 of our current 1st rounders is too steep. I may offer Mozgov/Clarkson with Russell and Randle for Westbrook/Adams.

Our 2017 pick is worthless to them. It's probably already worthless, cause it's only top-3 protected and we're almost assuredly going to be better, but if we had Westbrook!? There's no way that pick will be conveyed to OKC.


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lakerfan8 wrote:
I don't know guys. This is a dilemma for sure. If Westbrook wants out at the end of the season and states he is going to LA next year (with or without another FA), OKC has very few poker chips. They have to move him. They just got stung by KD really bad.

That said: 100% of you guys are sure you would bring him over, but for what? and is it guaranteed he stays.

He would have to guarantee he signs next year and stays on.

If they want Russell and Williams and our 2017 pick (i don't even hesitate). It makes us relevant again.

If they ask for two players (russell & randle or ingram), I may still do the deal.

Asking for all 3 of our current 1st rounders is too steep. I may offer Mozgov/Clarkson with Russell and Randle for Westbrook/Adams.

  1. we can't trade the 2017 pick. It is either the Suns' or Orlando's or ours if it's 1-3 (but that does not mean we can trade it)

  2. if Westbrook doesn't resign we are screwed for another 10 years.

  3. You cannot trade Mozgov/Clarkson/Deng until mid season because they just re-signed.

If you give up Russell+Nance providing Westbrook re-signs that would be as far as I would go.


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I think most of the Lakers forum is in agreement that'

1) Russell would have to guarantees he stays with us (just like what Love did). Those kind of agreements do happen and can be trusted (Howard never once told us this).

2) What we give up for him should be no more then 2 pieces from our youth. We all like certain pieces better then the next person, but we would be foolish not to give up two pieces, to have Westbrook locked up for 4-5 years with us.

If Westbrook turns down Thunder to re-do his deal for longer, Thunder will move him right away, they are not ones to wait to long. They are very well known for moving a piece rather quickly if needed. I mean did anyone see the Serge trade coming or even Harden. Both of those happened rather quickly.


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As much as I'd love to have Westbrook in a Lakers uniform, I think I'd wait and see how season played out with young core, if Westbrook wants to come a laker, than we'll get him anyways. There could be some other stars ( Cousins) that become available during season that we could use our assets on, than get Westbrook in FA...imo


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I would not be surprised to see Westbrook come to LA......but probably the Clips. Both Griffin and CP3 can opt out, (which they will) and then they can sign Westbrook first and then go over. The old deals were signed earlier so the cap holds will be minimal.

But hey, at least we have Big Timofey for the next 4 years!!


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Lakers have a shot at everyone. Who says we don't? But there is a rider attached:

A) Only on forums b) On paper c) In fantasy land.

I tip my hat off to the die hard optimists on this board. Over the last couple of years they felt we had a shot at:

Lebron/melo/Aldridge/Kd/Derozan/Monroe/D.Jordan and host of others I cannot recall.

Fact of the matter is even second/third tier players like batum and Bazemore, don't want to entertain a pro career with this franchise. They don't even take a freakin phone call. In this modern NBA coupled with a Fkd up front office/ownership, we can only acquire junk like Mozgov. Looks like they are going to end up building the entire roster via the draft.


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MAGICLAKEZ wrote:
Lakers have a shot at everyone. Who says we don't? But there is a rider attached:

A) Only on forums b) On paper c) In fantasy land.

I tip my hat off to the die hard optimists on this board. Over the last couple of years they felt we had a shot at:

Lebron/melo/Aldridge/Kd/Derozan/Monroe/D.Jordan and host of others I cannot recall.

Fact of the matter is even second/third tier players like batum and Bazemore, don't want to entertain a pro career with this franchise. They don't even take a freakin phone call. In this modern NBA coupled with a Fkd up front office/ownership, we can only acquire junk like Mozgov. Looks like they are going to end up building entire roster via the draft.

Agreed. That's why part of me would be ok with parting with 2 out of 4 of our core young guys to get Westbrook (if it's at all possible). The one caveat is I wouldn't want to deal Ingram. Everyone is hoping that our core develops into something special. That may very well happen, but if you have the chance to get a top-5 player right now, you do it! Especially if you get to keep two core young guys. Westbrook (assuming he signs an extension), Ingram, and one of DLo/Clarkson/Randle would be a lot more attractive to FAs next year. Especially, if the younger guys can start tapping into their potential.


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Rozelo wrote:

  1. You cannot trade Mozgov/Clarkson/Deng until mid season because they just re-signed.

No team is going get suckered into taking on Mozgov's insane $16m contract. Lol. The only time we might succeed moving him is in the last year of his (expiring) contract.


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MAGICLAKEZ wrote:
Lakers have a shot at everyone. Who says we don't? But there is a rider attached:

A) Only on forums b) On paper c) In fantasy land.

I tip my hat off to the die hard optimists on this board. Over the last couple of years they felt we had a shot at:

Lebron/melo/Aldridge/Kd/Derozan/Monroe/D.Jordan and host of others I cannot recall.

Fact of the matter is even second/third tier players like batum and Bazemore, don't want to entertain a pro career with this franchise. They don't even take a freakin phone call. In this modern NBA coupled with a Fkd up front office/ownership, we can only acquire junk like Mozgov. Looks like they are going to end up building entire roster via the draft.

You can throw in that all these young players are going to turn into superstars or all stars. The young core is the best core out there in the NBA lol.


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MAGICLAKEZ wrote:
No team is going get suckered into taking on Mozgov's insane $16m contract. Lol. The only time we might succeed moving him is in the last year of his (expiring) contract.

Yeah, ditto Deng.


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Agreed. That's why part of me would be ok with parting with 2 out of 4 of our core young guys to get Westbrook (if it's at all possible). The one caveat is I wouldn't want to deal Ingram. Everyone is hoping that our core develops into something special. That may very well happen, but if you have the chance to get a top-5 player right now, you do it! Especially if you get to keep two core young guys. Westbrook (assuming he signs an extension), Ingram, and one of DLo/Clarkson/Randle would be a lot more attractive to FAs next year. Especially, if the younger guys can start tapping into their potential.

Like i mentioned earlier there is always a chance. Lol. For that matter all 30 teams have a chance of landing anybody in the NBA. However the top tier guys want to "win at all costs." KD going to warriors is just another reminder of the previous guys who hooked up with stars in order to put themselves in a position to win.

The core is not going to dramatically improve in the next couple of years. We can realistically hope they show progress and make some significant development. I doubt they would become championship contenders if supplemented with Westbrook. I understand Westbrook is a local guy and this seems like a logical fit. Kevin love and Derozan were local guys too. Lamarcus Aldridge has a house here in Newport Beach.

Unfortunately teams like Boston have a leg up, in their rebuilding process cause they got rid of the aging "incumbents" at the opportune time, stockpiled assets and hired a young coach to grow along with the youngsters. We (delusional FO/fans) on the other hand kept fooling /flirting around with veterans and then kept chasing unicorns. Therefore like you mentioned in the very end, everything is moot if the core doesn't show visible signs of growth.

Fwiw: a star like Westbrook, will give a hard look at the core and the jackpot free agents we picked up this summer. After all they are going to around for the next 4 years. Hahaha.


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MAGICLAKEZ wrote:
No team is going get suckered into taking on Mozgov's insane $16m contract. Lol. The only time we might succeed moving him is in the last year of his (expiring) contract.

Man! I hope Mozgov returns to the way he was playing 2years ago. So that contract doesn't look so bad. 16m isn't a bad contract in NBA now, just bad when it's got his name attached to it. Lol


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Man! I hope Mozgov returns to the way he was playing 2years ago. So that contract doesn't look so bad. 16m isn't a bad contract in NBA now, just bad when it's got his name attached to it. Lol

You nailed it...!!! That's exactly what i have been trying to articulate for these last couple of days, but in my rage I have been either grasping at straws or scratching my head. Lol.


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MAGICLAKEZ wrote:
You nailed it...!!! That's exactly what i have been trying to articulate for these last couple of days, but in my rage I have been either grasping at straws or scratching my head. Lol.

Oh I know, that's why I'm hoping he gets back to former self, so he's easier to move. I'm still hoping things go bad in Sacramento and Kings decide to move Cousins. Lol

Russell, Mozgov+ filler for Cousins. Sign Westbrook in FA. Yeah , I'm dreaming big. Lol


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Sadly, very sadly, we do indeed have a shot at Westbrook. The Lakers have the young talent to make the trade with Ingram, Russell and Randle. More there really than any other team except the Timber wolves who are not dumb enough to trade their young kids for him. And even more depressing, Mitch and Jim would most likely jump on a deal sending two or perhaps even all of our big three for Westbrook. Jim and Mitch are deeply enamored with stars, wanting to win now and Westbrook fits the bill perfectly. They no doubt feel he is the perfect panacea for what ails them and is putting their phony baloney jobs in jeopardy. I do not want Westbrook. He is Kobe version 2. We just had many years of that crappy one man band kind of ball. That nightmare is finally over and I am not wanting to see it anymore, even with a talent such as Westbrook. You know, here is something to ponder. OKC was a legit contender. Not a pretend contender like say the Clippera, but legit title threats coming into this season. There was a reason Durant decided to opt out. And it is not too hard to figure out why. He had had his fill of Westbrook. OKC now says if they can't sign Kobe.v2 to a long term deal, they will try trade him. What is ironic is Durant leaving may in the end not screw OKC but instead ruin what we have trying to build. If Mitch and Jim make that deal, we will no doubt give up at least two of our big three, maybe all of them. We will probably throw in some number one picks, because, you know, Mitch likes to roll that way. So in the end, OKC may be right where....


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SPQR wrote:
Sadly, very sadly, we do indeed have a shot at Westbrook.

The Lakers have the young talent to make the trade with Ingram, Russell and Randle. More there really than any other team except the Timber wolves who are not dumb enough to trade their young kids for him.

And even more depressing, Mitch and Jim would most likely jump on a deal sending two or perhaps even all of our big three for Westbrook. Jim and Mitch are deeply enamored with stars, wanting to win now and Westbrook fits the bill perfectly. They no doubt feel he is the perfect panacea for what ails them and is putting their phony baloney jobs in jeopardy.

I do not want Westbrook. He is Kobe version 2. We just had five years of that crappy one man band kind of ball. That nightmare is finally over and I am not wanting to see it anymore, even with a talent such as Westbrook.

That's not true. They could have done it for Cousins last year, but they didn't. I'd prefer to let the young guys develop, but if the Lakers were to trade for Westbrook, they shouldn't offer more than 2 of their 4 core young guys. Also, they shouldn't trade Ingram. Ingram has the most potential out of all our young guys, so I don't think he should ever be included. The only way I would pull the trigger if I was the Lakers FO is if the deal was for Clarkson, Randle, and a pick. Also, Westbrook would have to agree to an extension. Anything other than that and I'd hang up.


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SPQR wrote:
Sadly, very sadly, we do indeed have a shot at Westbrook.

The Lakers have the young talent to make the trade with Ingram, Russell and Randle. More there really than any other team except the Timber wolves who are not dumb enough to trade their young kids for him.

And even more depressing, Mitch and Jim would most likely jump on a deal sending two or perhaps even all of our big three for Westbrook. Jim and Mitch are deeply enamored with stars, wanting to win now and Westbrook fits the bill perfectly. They no doubt feel he is the perfect panacea for what ails them and is putting their phony baloney jobs in jeopardy.

I do not want Westbrook. He is Kobe version 2. We just had five years of that crappy one man band kind of ball. That nightmare is finally over and I am not wanting to see it anymore, even with a talent such as Westbrook.

You know, here is something to ponder. OKC was a legit contender. Not a pretend contender, but legit coming into this season. There was a reason Durant decided to opt out. And it is not too hard to figure out why. He had had his fill of Westbrook.

Keep in mind, top players really are no enamored with coming to play with guys like Kobe, Jordan or Westbrook.

Sorry to cut your post down SPQR.

Have to disagree, Westbrook has become very good pg at getting teammates involved the last few years. Hell Westbrook was more responsible for getting OKC deep in the playoffs than KD was, having said all that, I'd wait and try to get him in FA. Don't think KD leaving had anything to do with Westbrook, from what I'm hearing, it might be because Westbrook wouldn't guarantee he'd be there past next year.


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That's not true. They could have done it for Cousins last year, but they didn't. I'd prefer to let the young guys develop, but if the Lakers were to trade for Westbrook, they shouldn't offer more than 2 of their 4 core young guys. Also, they shouldn't trade Ingram. Ingram has the most potential out of all our young guys, so I don't think he should ever be included. The only way I would pull the trigger if I was the Lakers FO is if the deal was for Clarkson, Randle, and a pick. Also, Westbrook would have to agree to an extension. Anything other than that and I'd hang up.

Kerby720, you keep saying pick. What pick or picks??? Don't think OKC wants to wait 5 years for our 1st available pick.


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I'm with you SPQR. Let the young guns develop. Wished we could've gotten Whiteside. Think he made a mistake signing back with the Heat. But hey that's water under the bridge now.


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Randy,

I fully agree with your assessment in reference to Westbrook. He is a ball dominant guard who is suffering from this insane alpha male syndrome. The same Dna as Kobe /Jordan. However I feel that he always wanted to be the man or central figure on his team and felt constrained or restricted sharing the spotlight with KD. KD probably felt the same way himself and maybe like you alluded to, factored in with his decision to hook up with the GSW's team oriented ball/ splash brothers. I feel the feeling was mutual, although KD appeared more desperate out of the two to win and secure his legacy.

By hooking up with GSW he has actually given up more (as far as his alpha male status is concerned) to achieve the ultimate glory. He finally realized, that it was an exercise in futility trying to accomplish that dream alongside a narcissistic Westbrook.

Westbrook will now get what he always secretly coveted: Being "the man" on the team. He will play without a conscience and will not feel the need to defer to anyone. You could sense that he used to grudgingly share the spoils with KD. Now that his nemesis is out the way he would bask in the(solitary) glory. Looks like a Shaq/Kobe combo which never got a chance to run its due course, however they did fare better than them, by putting up a brave front and camouflaging their feelings.

For those very reasons outlined above, I feel he stays on in OKC.


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LMAO!!!!!....Well I guess the writing's on the wall....lol.


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Kkennon,

No apologies necessary for disagreeing with me. That's what makes horse races. Everything you said may be dead right.

Westbrook is a very rare talent. But in my view he is a ball hog. He also has this very annoying habit of playing very out of control when the heat is on and a game is on the line.

Would we be better with him next year than with say two of our big three? Much better I suspect. But that's not what I'm shooting for.

The bottom line for me is I'm happy with our big three. I'm willing to wait and take my chances with them. I don't want to see a player like Westbrook here. I'm tired of that kind of player, understanding that we disagree on what type of player he is.

As for Durant leaving? If Westbrook wasn't part of the reason why didn't Durant just sign a one year deal with OKC and see how things played out with the team and Westbrook staying after this season?

His leaving like this certainly points more than a little at Westbrook. Just heard an OKC reporter on the radio say the same.

Roman,

Westbrook will go do exactly as you say. He will go through the roof next year either with OKC, some other team or in the worst case scenario, our Lakers.

The shackle known as Durant is gone. Westbrook is looking at a statistical season for the ages. Especially in shot attempts.

Pete,

OKC will be forced to try trade him now.

RING, RING! Is that Mitch calling?

You better believe it.


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