Russell Westbrook is under intense pressure in Los Angeles, after off-season full of rumours that he is on his way out of the Lakers organisation.
With the signing of Patrick Beverley and, most notably, Dennis Schroder, Westbrook is seemingly destined to be on the bench if he remains with the team.
According to information from Jovan Buha and Sam Amick of The Athletic, there is serious consideration in Los Angeles that Westbrook could be a rotation option off the bench.
They also add that the Lakers are giving their full backing to coach Darvin Ham to make any necessary personnel decisions. When training camp starts, this will become clear.
Russell has the option to play out the final year of his contract with the Lakers, which would guarantee him 47 million dollars, and this could be a potential blockade to a trade.
Whether or not Westbrook can fill in for Beverley is more of a question than whether he could rotate with Schroder, simply because the German has already played with the Lakers and has an excellent on-court relationship with LeBron James.
Another factor that could play a role is the recovery of Kendrick Nunn. Although he hasn’t shown the same level in Los Angeles as he did with the Miami Heat, Ham still believes the 27-year-old can give the team a lot.