Amid trade rumors, Russell Westbrook parted ways with his agent Thad Foucher who represented him for 14 years. According to the agent, the reason why they ended their cooperation is ‘irreconcilable differences.’
While Foucher did not reveal what these differences are, he did say that in his opinion the best option for the former NBA MVP is to remain with the Lakers and embrace his role under new head coach Darvin Ham.
It cannot be ruled out that Russ wants to move to another team and that is where his opinion differs from that of his former agent. Westbrook has been included in trade rumors for a large part of last season and was aware of them.
“Now, with a possibility of a fourth trade in four years, the marketplace is telling the Lakers they must add additional value with Russell in any trade scenario. And even then, such a trade may require Russell to immediately move on from the new team via buyout.
“My belief is that this type of transaction only serves to diminish Russell’s value and his best option is to stay with the Lakers, embrace the starting role and support that Darvin Ham publicly offered. Russell is a first-ballot Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame player and will prove that again before he is retired.
“Unfortunately, irreconcilable differences exist as to his best pathway forward and we are no longer working together. I wish Russell and his family the very best.”