It looks like Russell Westbrook is on the verge of being traded just a day after getting a beef with Lakers head coach Darvin Ham.
On Tuesday, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the Lakers are in talks to send Russell Westbrook to the Utah Jazz in a three-team trade.
The Lakers, Jazz and Timberwolves are in discussions on a three-team deal that would send D’Angelo Russell to the Lakers, Russell Westbrook and draft compensation such as a first-round pick to Utah and Mike Conley Jr. to Minnesota, sources tell me and @Tjonesonthenba.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 8, 2023
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed Shams’ report.
Woj: "One player that [The Lakers] have talked about in the past and have been engaged with again today: D'Angelo Russell." pic.twitter.com/hBgpfP2sZJ
— 𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐢𝐧' 𝐍𝐁𝐀 (@_Talkin_NBA) February 8, 2023
On Tuesday night, Westbrook got into a heated altercation with Lakers head coach Darvin Ham, who was angry Westbrook was lingering around on the court after getting subbed out.
ESPN Sources: Lakers G Russell Westbrook and coach Darvin Ham had a brief, heated verbal exchange in the halftime locker room on Tuesday vs. OKC. Ham expressed frustration with how Westbrook lingered on the playing floor after getting subbed out of game late in second quarter.
This was the play that got Darvin Ham and Russell Westbrook screaming at each other in the locker room pic.twitter.com/jIedKUJW7k
— Ahmed/The Ears/IG: BigBizTheGod 🇸🇴 (@big_business_) February 8, 2023
Apparently, the Jazz plan to buy Westbrook out if they trade for him and would become a free agent.
In three-team deal being discussed between Lakers, Wolves and Jazz, a buyout for Russell Westbrook in Utah would be the likely path, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @BleacherReport.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 8, 2023