Lakers’ LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russ Westbrook held call to confirm commitment to each other, report says

The Los Angeles Lakers are no closer to trading star guard Russell Westbrook now than they were at the start of free agency, and while that could change before the start of the season, the stars of Los Angeles is at least preparing for the possibility of playing together again next season. . LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Westbrook reportedly had a phone conversation where the trio “expressed their commitment to each other” in hopes of making it work for next season, according to Chris Haynes.

It may seem like Westbrook could be a Laker again next season, but the call was made to ensure the three players still had the same goal in mind while on a team together, according to Haynes. . It was also likely staged to quell any reports suggesting LeBron and Westbrook’s relationship has been “frosty,” particularly after they both attended LA’s Summer League games in Las Vegas and didn’t interacted only once while sitting across from each other.

This report is just the latest in a tumultuous season for the Lakers that ended disappointingly. LA failed to qualify for the playoffs, or even secure a play-in spot, as Westbrook’s spot in the team didn’t go as the team had planned. . Injuries to James and Davis set back any chemistry the trio attempted to build, and at the end of the season the Lakers fired head coach Frank Vogel just two years from winning a championship.

Darvin Ham was brought in to replace Vogel, and although the new head coach said Westbrook was a big part of the team’s success for next season, the former league MVP was brought up in trade scenarios all summer. The biggest trade package sees Westbrook heading east to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Kyrie Irving, who would be a better fit for the Lakers. However, it has been repeatedly reported that the Nets are unwilling to take on Westbrook’s expiring $47 million contract for next season, and would need a third team to get involved if the Lakers want Irving. by Mark Stein.

To top it off, Westbrook recently part ways with longtime agent Thad Foucher on irreconcilable differences. Foucher had been Westbrook’s agent since joining the league and, in a statement, he said he thought a trade from the Lakers – which could force LA to tie up more assets to entice teams to take him – “only serves to diminish the value of Russell.”

With no concrete trade avenues currently opening up for the Lakers, it makes sense that the team is also preparing for Westbrook to return to the team next season. If that’s the case, then LA will have to hope that Westbrook can adapt his style of play to better fit alongside LeBron and Davis.

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