The LA Lakers’ experiment with Russell Westbrook resulted in an abject failure. Chris Broussard, however, had an interesting suggestion to rectify the situation through a trade.
While the Lakers have also considered moving Westbrook this season, no trading package has attracted enough interest. With this in mind, Chris Broussard had some suggestions for the LA Lakers on “First Things First.”
He started his segment with a reference to the trade package the Lakers had created for the Indiana Pacers. Although their attempts to lure Buddy Hield and Malcolm Brogdon backfired, the Lakers clearly did a lot to make sure the deal would work.
To shed more light on the matter, Broussard switched the story to Russell Westbrook, saying:
“No one is untradeable. I just saw too many guys that we thought were untradeable. Namely Russell Westbrook. You didn’t think Houston could trade him, and he went to Washington. You didn’t think Washington could. trade him . He went to the Lakers. So it’s possible.”
At this point, Chris Broussard made a suggestion while referring to co-panellist Kevin Wildes. He said:
“I’m going to throw two words at you. John Wall. Look, it’s time. It’s time. We talked yesterday about a ‘my problem for your problem’ scenario with the Nets and the Lakers. It’s time Lakers. Give ’em [Houston] Russell and the first round pick. Because John Wall is a better fit than Westbrook.
“John Wall is more of a point guard. He has better decision-making skills. I’m not saying he’s perfect. Obviously he hasn’t played in a long time. But he does have better decision-making skills, he has something to prove.
“He’ll be willing to do whatever it takes. He shoots it better than Russ. Like I said, he’s a better decision maker. Do it. Just do it.”
Does a John Wall-Russell Westbrook trade make sense?
John Wall was once a superstar guard in the league. However, he has played in about 40 games in the past three years. With that in mind, the recent news that he was exercising his player option caused a lot of buzz.
Since there is virtually no barometer of his performance, Wall has little trading value. While he’s also considering how high his contract price is, this can be an added deterrent.
But, as Chris Broussard said in his segment, a trade with the Lakers would have the connotation of “my problem for your problem.” John Wall expressed his wish to be bought out last season. Since he didn’t play all season, the Rockets couldn’t help keeping him.
Russell Westbrook was not the best match for the Lakers. To solve this, they have made attempts to move him. In that respect, the situation is ideal. On paper, however, there is virtually no benefit.
Wall’s net worth is a huge question mark right now. Westbrook’s fit in Houston could also be damaging to their core. As it stands, there is more to lose than to gain.
At this point, the chatter around Russell Westbrook going to the Brooklyn Nets is picking up steam. Now that the Lakers have made several attempts to discharge the superstar, the list of takers has been uninspiring.