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Russell Westbrook Is Willing To Attend LeBron James' Players-Only Minicamp Prior To Start Of Season, Says NBA Insider

Zach Lowe Criticised Russell Westbrook For How He Avoided Setting Screens For LeBron James Last Season

The Russell Westbrook experiment has not worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers this past season. The team only went 33-49 and missed the play-in tournament this past year during the point guard's presence. Obviously, it wasn't all his fault, but many viewed him as one of the biggest problems on the squad.

Despite how the year ended, Russell Westbrook expressed interest in running it back with LeBron James and Anthony Davis at the end of the 2021-22 season. However, he acknowledged that "nothing is promised" in that regard.

"That's the plan. But nothing is promised. You kind of have to take it one day at a time each day. Like I've said all season long, you've got to play the cards you're dealt. Yes, we want to be able to see what that looks like, what that entails over the course of an 82-game season, but we're not sure if that's guaranteed either. So I just hope we get the chance to be able to do something."

It would be interesting to see how the Los Angeles Lakers would do if they ran it back with Russell Westbrook. He is clearly still a good player, and perhaps another offseason to gel with LeBron James and Anthony Davis will prove beneficial.

Marc Stein Says Russell Westbrook Would Attend LeBron James Mini-Camp

It is no secret, though, that the Los Angeles Lakers have been shopping Russell Westbrook. They have been linked with a number of trades that could potentially help them improve the roster by moving Russell Westbrook, with the most recent one featuring them sending the point guard to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Mike Conley and a first-round pick.

Despite all the trade speculation, it seems as though Russell Westbrook is unbothered. A recent report from NBA insider Marc Stein revealed that the point guard would be willing to attend a LeBron James minicamp prior to the start of the season, and it is clear that he is at letting the chips fall where they may, and still fulfilling his responsibilities to the team.

 LeBron James typically hosts a players-only minicamp somewhere on the West Coast before training camp starts, so stay tuned. Word is that another Lakers minicamp is likely in coming days and that Russell Westbrook would indeed attend if it comes together. Any sort of pre-camp gathering involving LeBron and his fellow purple-and-gold vets would represent a key step in the Lakers' efforts to move past all the tension that bubbled throughout last season's rocky 33-49 campaign, bringing James and Anthony Davis together with Westbrook and the newly acquired Patrick Beverley before the Lakers report for their first practices under new coach Darvin Ham on Sept. 26

If Russell Westbrook stays with the Los Angeles Lakers, he will need to find a way to be productive on lower usage. LeBron James and Anthony Davis will likely be the focal points of the offense, and Westbrook will need to adapt to have a good season.

Hopefully, we see the Los Angeles Lakers field a competitive team next season. They have an elite star duo on the roster, and perhaps we'll see the team win another championship in the near future.