Despite the miserable fact that the Los Angeles Lakers are out of any chances to slide into the 2021-2022 playoff picture, Russell Westbrook remains optimistic while keeping his head high about his future.
As such, amid the uncertainties that he’ll remain in Southern California following the bitter ending, the star point guard is still eager to run it back and contend with LeBron James and Anthony Davis for next season.
Asked if he wants to stay again and give it another shot in the post-game of their 121-110 defeat against the league-leading Phoenix Suns, Westbrook offered some words to ponder about his willingness to compete with the fellow future Hall of Famers.
After a big-time acquisition from the Washington Wizards last year, Westbrook’s tenure in the purple and gold huddle has been a roller coaster ride all season long. Issues about his playstyle and fit alongside James and Davis gained mixed reactions and controversial takes from various fans across the basketball landscape. It is now a matter of subject to look into if he’ll either stay in Los Angeles or not.
Heading to the exit of any contention hopes, Westbrook still managed to record a season average of 18.4 points, 7.5 boards, 7.1 assists, and a steal on 77 occasions. Certainly from his point of view, the $47 million player option in his contract will be difficult to turn down.
And for the side of the Lakers, this shall be a scenario to watch moving into the offseason if they still want another partnership with the former league MVP.