Report: Lakers have developed ‘traction’ in pursuit of Russell Westbrook

Robert Marvi
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Coming off a first-round loss in the 2021 NBA Playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers have been rumored to be in the market for an All-Star caliber ball-handling guard.

Apparently, the team may be making some inroads towards landing the Washington Wizards’ Russell Westbrook.

Although L.A. possesses arguably the league’s best duo in LeBron James and Anthony Davis, James is 36 years of age and has tons of mileage from 10 trips to the NBA Finals.

Reducing his workload, especially during the regular season, is integral to the Lakers’ hopes of winning another NBA championship with him.

Westbrook could do exactly that. He is a proven scorer and passer, and he has the ability to add another dimension to the Lakers’ already dangerous transition game.

The Los Angeles-area native is also a very good rebounder, as he has averaged a triple-double in four of the last five seasons.

A big concern, however, would be the fact that Westbrook is a poor outside shooter. However, reigning Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo has the same weakness, so perhaps the Lakers could make it work.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.