Russell Westbrook will exercising his player possibility and continue to be below contract for an additional period, guaranteeing a $47-million salary, sources informed The Periods.
Westbrook necessary to make a choice no matter whether to choose in or become an unrestricted cost-free agent by Wednesday. The move was greatly expected.
Westbrook posted a movie of himself singing the refrain to Beyonce’s “Break My Soul,” consistently singing “You won’t split my soul” Tuesday morning.
Just after remaining obtained by the Lakers final offseason, Westbrook struggled, averaging 18.5 details, 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 helps, all quantities down below the standards he’s established for himself. The Lakers unsuccessful to make the playoffs.
The Lakers enter cost-free company Wednesday with just the taxpayer mid-amount (worth about $6 million) and least contracts to fill out their roster around LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Westbrook.
New coach Darvin Ham reported he seen Westbrook as a critical piece of the team’s immediate future throughout Ham’s introductory information meeting.
“Russ and I experienced some definitely, genuinely good one-on-one convos, person, and the most important phrase I feel came out of that, these conversations, was sacrifice. That was the most important term, sacrifice,” Ham reported. “We’re heading to sacrifice whichever we bought to do. And it’s not just Russ. It is going to be sacrifices that LeBron has to make, that Ad has to make, on down the line to the rest of our roster. Once more, we have to commence on the defensive close in conditions of what his part is going to be.
“I’m heading to hope him to be the same tenacious, higher-energy participant that he’s been all his whole job. A ton of it now may possibly have him with no the ball in his hand. Most of it now might have it on the defensive end. But, again, we have to sacrifice.”
Westbrook attended that news meeting.
The Lakers, who flirted with Kyrie Irving prior to Irving opted in to his offer on Monday, have explored Westbrook trades without achievement.