Russell Westbrook's future has been a matter of endless speculation for a while now. The superstar has been through a torrid time since joining the Lakers, being criticized time and again for his performances. Last season saw a litany of Westbrook's mistakes on the court made into compilations. This led to a lot of trolling for the former MVP, which resulted in many people concluding that he would be traded in the offseason.
There were lots of rumors surrounding a potential trade with the Brooklyn Nets for Kyrie Irving. However, with the Nets electing to run it back, that is no longer a possibility. A deal with the Indiana Pacers or the Utah Jazz could still potentially be on the table, but the noises coming from within the franchise have suggested otherwise.
Westbrook was praised by Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, who lauded him for being consistently available for the team. And new Head Coach Darvin Ham has been vocal about wanting to include Russ since the very first day that he took over. But while it may seem that everything is good in Lakers-land, things can always change at the drop of a hat. And Russ himself is reportedly interested in leaving.
Russell Westbrook Has Reportedly Listed His $29.9 Million Los Angeles Home For Sale
Many things can point towards a player potentially moving on from a franchise. While it's usually rumblings from the player's camp or the organization that indicate so, fans are always on the lookout for other signs that a trade might be imminent. And the Wall Street Journal reporting that Westbrook has put his house in LA for sale is an interesting development.
"Professional basketball player and fashion icon Russell Westbrook has listed his Los Angeles home for $29.995 million.
"The Los Angeles Lakers guard bought the Brentwood property for $19.75 million in 2018, property records show.
"Set on about half an acre, the roughly 13,500-square-foot house was built in 2018, according to a listing on Zillow. There are six bedrooms, a bar, a wine room, a gym, and a movie theater. Spokespeople for Mr. Westbrook declined to comment."
Basketball players are also very much businessmen, so in itself, this doesn't mean all that much. But it is interesting that is happening when Russ' future with the Lakers is in some doubt. In any case, just listing a home doesn't mean anything, Westbrook is in the final year of his contract anyway, and this could also be some long-term planning at play.