Should he stay or should he go?
That’s the question surrounding Los Angeles Lakers goaltender Russell Westbrook.
While still a very viable player with multiple strengths, he doesn’t fit easily into a team with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Many believe the Lakers would be better off with a third “star” or a good player who can be productive on or off the ball, unlike Westbrook, who tends to only be effective on the ball.
A man who covers the NBA recently reported that the Lakers are interested in trading Westbrook for such a player.
From the Lakers Nation:
“Apparently [Bradley] Beal could be on the Lakers’ radar, as Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reports that the Lakers are interested in acquiring him this summer, although there are other teams who may have a better chance of acquiring the Beal. Wizards guard:
“‘The only name I’ve heard lately is Bradley Beal as another guy they want. I don’t know if the interest is that mutual. You know Beal, it seems like Miami would be more of a threat to the I don’t think you can rule out Boston either because of their relationship with Jayson Tatum either, but the Lakers are trying to steer some moves like this using Russ’ exhalation and the 27 and 29 first.
Obviously, if the Lakers were somehow able to essentially trade Westbrook for Beal, it would be a coup that would upend the battle for next year’s NBA championship.
He had an “off season” this year, but still averaged 23.2 points per game, which is higher than his career average of 22.1 points.
Last season alone, Beal tallied 31.3 points per game while playing alongside Westbrook on the Washington Wizards.
Beal can play with or without the ball, and while he’s not a point guard or general on the ground, he can involve others, as evidenced by his 6.6 assists per game this year.
He’s set to turn 29 later this month, which would make him a good fit for the Lakers timeline. Once James leaves the team, Beal and Anthony would still be young enough to keep the team competitive for quite some time.
Unfortunately, the Beal acquisition seems extremely unlikely for Los Angeles, and O’Connor’s report should be taken with a grain of salt. But stranger things happened.