Lakers rumours: Russell Westbrook not considered a ‘useful player’ by NBA scouts and execs | Launderer’s report

AP Photo/Rick Scuteri

After wrapping up the worst season of his NBA career, the knives are out for Los Angeles Lakers star Russell Westbrook.

It’s clear that Westbrook’s best days are behind him, but the Los Angeles Times‘ Dan Woike painted a particularly unflattering portrait of the nine-time All-Star in terms of his business value:

“Basically, when you send a player like Westbrook on a trade, you can’t expect perfect adjustments in return. It’s functionally trading one set of issues for another.

“For other teams, Westbrook was a one-year problem on the books as a way to erase long-term commitments to other players. Some scouts and league executives don’t view Westbrook as a useful player. at this point, especially with a price tag of nearly $50 million.”

Player Efficiency Rating isn’t the best way to gauge a player’s performance, but it seems fitting that Westbrook’s PER in 2021-22 is exactly average (15.0), per basketball benchmark. -ball.

The 33-year-old had his moments last season, like a 33-point effort, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a win over the San Antonio Spurs in October.

But Westbrook continued his decline, averaging 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists while shooting less than 30 percent from three-point range for the fourth time in five seasons.

Speaking to reporters at the end of the Lakers season, he lamented that he couldn’t be himself in Los Angeles.

Kyle Goon @kylegoon

When @DanWoikeSports mentions that LeBron and AD have said repeatedly throughout the year, “Let Russ be Russ,” Russell Westbrook immediately responds, “Yeah, but that wasn’t true. Let’s be honest.”

And that’s true to some extent, as his 27.3% usage rate was his lowest since 2009-10, his second season in the league.

The dilemma for the Lakers was that letting “Russ be Russ” probably wouldn’t have served the greater good. Los Angeles was 2.4 points per 100 better possessions with him on the bench, per NBA.comand five of his six highest individual scores have been losses.

When Westbrook joined the Lakers, it was thought he would be a starter for the team, especially when LeBron James or Anthony Davis needed the rest or the occasional night off. In 2020-21, he helped lift the Washington Wizards into the playoffs.

Now Westbrook’s stock is at rock bottom. He’s no longer a good No. 1 offensive option and probably can’t be No. 2 on a team with playoff aspirations either.

Because he’s such a bad shooter, Westbrook might not even get that career-ending revival when he transforms into a veteran specialist a la Vince Carter or even Jason Terry.

To say Westbrook is no longer “useful” is a bit of a stretch because he’s still capable of dropping a triple-double any night. Still, it’s hard to imagine that many suitors will be lining up to grab it this summer.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.