Even as LeBron James pushes the Los Angeles Lakers to make a trade that would give him some help, it doesn’t sound like Russell Westbrook or Anthony Davis will be on their way just yet.
According to the same story posted by Chris Haynes for Bleacher Report that we’ve quoted a few times today, the team still isn’t close to any Westbrook deals, and isn’t shopping Davis:
With Russell Westbrook thriving in his new role as a sixth man, the Lakers are now receiving calls about his availability, sources say, but talks are not at a serious stage.
And while it’s been a talking point on social media, the Lakers aren’t considering trading Davis, according to sources. For any dialogue of that nature to take place, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul would have fielded calls from interested teams asking if his client would agree to an extension if they traded for him. Those talks did not take place, sources say.
And despite some wildly speculative reporting from Bill Simmons that sparked an entire news cycle about Anthony Davis deals — one that, admittedly, Sincerely participated – it never seemed particularly likely that Davis would be traded this year, and especially not at midseason. Which, to be fair, is pretty much what we’ve been saying on this site. So it’s not that surprising, but still, it’s good of Rich Paul to put that storyline to bed for us, at least for now.
As for the Westbrook part of this… Well, I’ll just say I’m not surprised that nothing is imminent. While Westbrook deserves credit for committing to his bench role, it’s still hard to find a team that a) have pieces that will help the Lakers that b) would also like Russ to, like, actually play for them this season. Which makes how he plays irrelevant in any of these reported calls, and that’s without considering that the Lakers still seem pretty committed to not tying both of their currently available first-round picks to any deal involving him anyway , which has long appeared to be a prerequisite to getting a team to take up his contract.
So long story short, it doesn’t seem like much has really changed here. But that, in itself, is noteworthy, especially as the Lakers’ season continues to slip away.
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