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The Lakers are proceeding as if Russell Westbrook will be on the team next season, but it has not been ruled out that the team will trade the former NBA MVP if a trade partner is found.

Should Russ remain a Laker for another year, the question is what his role will be. According to an anonymous league source, he should come off the bench or not play at all – whichever is best for the team.

Via Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report:

“If they’re not trading Westbrook, it’s time to stop tiptoeing around his feelings,” one source explained. “If he has to come off the bench or not play at all, then do what’s best for the team. If his play isn’t resulting in positive contributions, then look at other options.”