The Lakers and Thunder are two teams in need of some serious roster changes this summer. There are a number of options as to what that might look like, but in an appearance on The Bill Simmons Podcast, Ryen Russillo of ESPN discussed the possibility of Thunder General Manager Sam Presti trading their franchise star Russell Westbrook to the Lakers.
“What’s the point in OKC? What’s the point of bringing everyone back and having Westbrook as the ring-leader? I understand what he means to Thunder fans. You lost two MVPs and this MVP took your money and wanted to stay home. He decided to stay. But you lost to one rookie scorer in the playoffs last year. Oklahoma City is held hostage to Westbrook in a way that I haven’t seen since Iverson was with the Sixers.”
It seems a Westbrook/George partnership is destined to fail. But a trade for Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball might bode well for their future. It would also open up cap space for the team to sign another superstar in free agency.
Meanwhile, for the Lakers, Westbrook would partner with LeBron, forming an athletic and lethal one-two punch.
In theory, it could benefit both teams, but it remains a long-shot.