The franchise has attempted to trade Westbrook during this summer but no other team was willing to take him.
It wasn’t just because Westbrook had a lackluster season in 2021-22.
Instead, his hefty price tag is what drove others away.
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— Lakers Daily (@LakersDailyCom) September 14, 2022
Looking at the Lakers’ payroll, you can see clearly just how pricey the players are.
Westbrook will cost the team $47 million next season, while LeBron James will fetch $44 million.
Anthony Davis is going to pull in $37 million in the 2022-23 season.
Following him, the next highest-paid player is Patrick Beverley with $13 million and everyone after that is in single digits.
This proves that the Lakers are spending big and putting most of their money behind a few All-Stars while the rest of the team gets by on far less.
Is this a smart management decision?
Spending More On Less?
No matter what you think of Westbrook, you have to admit that he wasn’t worth $47 million last year.
Yet, the team agreed to a monster contract when they traded for him over a year ago – and now they are on the hook for millions more.
Some fans argue that that money would have been better spent on smaller, lesser-known stars.
Imagine if the roster didn’t have Westbrook but instead was home to more up-and-comers with smaller contracts – and lots of potential.
The win-now mentality of the Lakers cost them tons and it resulted in disaster.
Sadly, most people agree that LA will make a mistake like this again.