Lakers coaching search: If Terry Stotts thinks he can fix Russell Westbrook, he’ll end up a scapegoat again

Lakers coaching search: If Terry Stotts thinks he can fix Russell Westbrook, he'll end up a scapegoat again

As the Los Angeles Lakers attempt to slim know their following train, probably one of the most crucial subject of discussion in these meetings is Russell Westbrook as well as just how these possible hires may tackle obtaining even more out of him than we saw last period.

One prospect for the work is previous Rose city Route Blazers train Terry Stotts, that is supposedly “captivated” by the concept of collaborating with Westbrook as well as thinks he can, as a matter of fact, placed him in much better settings to prosper.

There’s a great deal to unload right here. For beginners, Westbrook may not also get on the Lakers next period. There’s little concern that the front workplace want to trade him. The problem is what type of tax obligation they agree to pay to do so. According to The Athletic, the Lakers have “no purpose” of consisting of a first-round choice in an offer simply to unload Westbrook.

Whether they would certainly consist of a future first-round choice in an offer that would certainly return a gamer that would certainly assist greater than Westbrook, that can be one more tale. Westbrook has a $47.1 million gamer alternative for following period that he’ll probably get, which would certainly make him among the highest-paid gamers in the organization, however afterwards he’s off guides. You would certainly believe it would certainly be an opportunity for a group that does not have prompt competing assumptions to exchange a much longer agreement for Westbrook’s cash understanding it’s just for the one period.

If Westbrook does remain with the Lakers, believing an instructor, Stotts or otherwise, can in some way transform him right into a various gamer verge on madness. Westbrook is that he is. Has actually been for a very long time. No train is mosting likely to transform Westbrook right into also an ordinary shooter, not to mention one that does not take dreadful shots or transform the sphere over like insane or go braindead on protection.

As for utilizing him in different ways, what is Stotts or a few other train mosting likely to do; take the sphere out of LeBron James’ hands to offer it to Russ? Certain, you can play one-big schedules with Anthony Davis– presuming he bears in mind just how to fire himself– as well as in theory open lane room for Westbrook to reduce as well as permeate as a second aggressor, however that gets on paper.

However we have actually been down this roadway. In truth, Westbrook is not a dedicated or specifically second-nature off-ball gamer, as well as besides that, having among the most awful shooters in background spacing the flooring for Davis as well as LeBron is mosting likely to injure the Lakers greater than whatever uptick Westbrook may delight in separately.

Stotts currently took the autumn in Rose city for the imperfections of a problematic lineup, as well as if, hypothetically, he were to take this work in L.A. with the assumption that he can do something with Westbrook that no train in the last fifty percent years has actually had the ability to do, he’ll highly likely wind up a scapegoat once more.

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