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Russell Westbrook III: teams are demanding a 1st rounder to take Westbrook

by Kyle Williams | Lakers Correspondent | Wed, May 25th 8:18am EDT

According to Jovan Buha of The Athletic, NBA teams are demanding the Lakers include a first-round pick in any package to trade Russell Westbrook. (Jovan Buha)

Fantasy Impact:

After an awful season with the Lakers that saw Westbrook average 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.1 assists in 78 games on 44.4% shooting en route to a playoff absence, the Lakers have continued to shop the veteran guard. According to reports, the Lakers have continued to show an unwillingness to attach a first in any negotiations and have debated on bringing back Russ for a second season. The Lakers still have the option to buy out Westbrook but would ultimately hurt the 2022-2023 team, which the Lakers are unlikely to do due to having LeBron James under contract and no future asssets.

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