Things are about to get tough for the Los Angeles Lakers. More confusing.
We already knew Russell Westbrook wanted out of the Lakers, his former longtime agent Thad Futcher made as much clear when the pair parted ways in July.
Behind Faucher’s split are “irreconcilable differences,” namely Westbrook’s choice not to play for the Lakers.
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Well, things don’t get any more comfortable for Westbrook now that he’s in LA this upcoming season.
ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski revealed Thursday afternoon that the Lakers are in the process of trading Utah Jazz guard Patrick Beverley for Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson.
Wojnarowski said the deal is expected to be completed on Thursday morning [local time] And that no elections are involved in the agreement.
In case you didn’t know, the Patriots point guard has a great history with Westbrook.
Just last season, Beverley was seen taunting Westbrook, saying, “It’s dirty, it’s dirty” before covering his nose in the Lakers’ 124-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The pair’s history dates back to November 2019 when James Harden scored 47 points in one game while playing for the Houston Rockets.
He was primarily guarded by Beverley in that game, and Westbrook, who was Harden’s teammate at the time, took a shot at Beverley after that effort, saying, “Pat Bev whole, man, playing defense.”
“He waits for no one, man. It’s just running around doing nothing. … All that hustle to get 47,” Westbrook added.
This wasn’t lost on Beverley, who took to social media earlier this year to target Westbrook as trade rumors swirled between court cases.
“I remember someone saying that all I do is run,” Beverley tweeted with a laughing emoji. “My son is the real magician this year.”
Beverley Westbrook has doubled down on defensive criticism, saying it “ruined” his career.
“The coaching staff, the players, the fans, they looked at me differently,” Beverly said on the JJ Redick podcast.
“I was like, ‘What?’ It’s all because somebody said it, and the media is like that. If somebody says something, it’s taken that way. And they just take it for that. People really look at it like, ‘Yeah, maybe this mom doesn’t play defense.’
“All it does is run.’ So, obviously, I had a bad game.” Oh, Russ was right. I knew this mother ***er; All he did was run and stuff like that.’ You know, it’s no fun now that the bunny is holding the gun. Forgiven but not forgotten.
Now the two must live together as teammates.
That is, unless the Lakers find a suitable team to trade Westbrook to before the season starts.
The 33-year-old, who is loaned $47 million ($68m) through the 2022-23 campaign, averaged 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists last season.