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Skip Bayless says putting Russell Westbrook out of sight is best-case scenario for LeBron James and the Lakers


For the Los Angeles Lakers, deciding what to do with Russell Westbrook is by far their biggest question going forward. The front office sacrificed depth for star power when it traded for the former MVP, and it didn’t pay the dividends they were hoping for.

Westbrook struggled alongside co-stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and was one of the many reasons LA found themselves outside of the playoff picture. Due to his massive contract, teams have been reluctant to trade for Westbrook and the Lakers are refusing to add draft picks above him in a deal.

During a recent episode of FS1’s “Undisputed,” Skip Bayless shared his thoughts on what the Lakers should do moving forward. He thinks getting Russell Westbrook as far away from the team as possible is the best case scenario.

“I told you from day one that this is the ultimate, worst-case scenario. In some ways, I still believe with all my heart and soul, this could be the best of times. case for LeBron and the Lakers to just have him out of sight and out of mind.”

Russell Westbrook played 78 games for the Lakers last season and posted averages of 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists.

Should the Lakers release Russell Westbrook? “It might be the best case scenario for LeBron and the Lakers to wipe Westbrook out of sight and out of mind.” — @RealSkipBayless https://t.co/rw4IqMx1oa

Should the Lakers consider sidelining Russell Westbrook if they can’t find a trade?

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns

If the Lakers decide to send Russell Westbrook home, it wouldn’t be the first time a team has done so with a well-paid player. The Houston Rockets paid John Wall north of $40 million and he didn’t appear in any games despite being in good health.

Russell Westbrook and Lakers appear to be headed for ‘inevitable divorce’, says @jovanbuhaThe split with his longtime agent has added to the perception that Russ has become more difficult to deal with. https://t.co/jjhORX2yr8

Doing this must be the absolute last resort for the Lakers. In reality, they would have to tack on the picks to trade Russell Westbrook before opting to let him sit out the entire season. At this point, they might get something back that could potentially help them.

It’s safe to assume the Lakers don’t want to waste another year of LeBron’s career. Even though he’s a dodgy fit, LA will need Westbrook on the floor if they can’t find a trade partner. If they choose to just sit him out, it almost guarantees another season where they miss the playoffs.

While the Lakers have made some moves in free agency, their supporting cast around LeBron and AD is lackluster. They don’t have the talent behind their stars to compete with some of the other top teams in the Western Conference. Knowing this, they will need Westbrook despite the problems it could cause.


Edited by Kevin McCormick




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