The free agent market will not open until Thursday evening (Friday at midnight, French time) but the Los Angeles Lakers already know that they will have little financial room for maneuver to improve their workforce. According to ESPN, Russell Westbrook will activate his option to play in California for the last year of his contract, a salary of 47.1 million dollars (44.8 million euros) at the key. His franchise can try to exchange him but his emoluments make any transaction difficult.
The point guard, MVP of the regular season in 2017, comes out of a very difficult season with his franchise. Taken aback by the public, Westbrook saw his statistics drop (18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 2021-2022). The relationship between “Russ” and the Lakers was also very damaged by the sporting failure of the Californians, eleventh in their Conference and absent from the play-offs.
” When I got here I felt like I was never given a fair chance to be who I needed to be to help this team. », had notably dropped the leader in April, criticizing coach Frank Vogel. Since then, he has been replaced by Darvin Ham, who will help the Lakers, led by LeBron James, to find the playoffs.
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