Westbrook put up 22.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 8.4 assists a game.
Just looking at those numbers, you don’t see anything truly abysmal but Westbrook’s shot selection was atrocious at times, his defense was lacking, and his overall fit with the team was very clunky and awkward.
Because of Westbrook and a slew of other issues plaguing the team, the Lakers didn’t even make the playoffs last season.
ESPN Sources: Los Angeles Lakers star Russell Westbrook is planning to exercise his $47.1 million option to return to the franchise for the 2022-2023 season.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 28, 2022
With all that being said, LA fans need to strap in for more Westbrook in the future.
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Westbrook is planning to exercise his $47.1 million option and return to the purple and gold for the 2022-2023 season.
This isn’t a surprising move and maybe it’s not truly horrible news.
Few people thought Westbrook would leave the Lakers.
That’s because his monster $47 million second year was far too much for any other club to take on.
Let’s be clear: the Lakers would be happy to trade him away but they would only be able to put him on a team willing to pony up nearly $50 million.
After the year he had, that just wasn’t going to happen.
Westbrook isn’t a stupid man and he knew this was the best offer he’d get so he’s sticking around on a team he knows isn’t what it should be.
But will that change during the next season?
New head coach Darvin Ham says he has plans for Westbrook and believes in his potential.
Was this first year just a case of Westbrook not being utilized correctly and will he finally meet his potential under a new coach?
Literally every single Lakers fan hopes so.