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Lakers: NBA Experts Discuss the Idea of a Russell Westbrook-for-John Wall Trade – All Lakers


The NBA rumor mill is revving up to peak RPM with the trade deadline less than a month away. The average-at-best Lakers could use a roster shake up, but are short on assets to acquire a quality player. An additional problem is that their most ill-fitting piece, Russell Westbrook, is owed $44.2M this year and $47M next year.

Westbrook’s behemoth contract limits potential Russ suitors if the Lakers were interested in moving him.

Brian Windhorst and Bobby Marks of ESPN bandied about the potential of a second Russell Westbrook-for-John Wall trade on an episode of The Hoop Collective. Their basis for the discussion about a hypothetical trade was that Wall and Westbrook are roughly owed the same amount of money on their Texas-sized supermax contracts.

“The money is the same…you’re not planning on playing John wall. There’s really no difference between not playing John Wall and not playing Russell Westbrook. You’re just not really interested in helping the Lakers.”

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