The Los Angeles Lakers were expected to be very active before the 2022 trade deadline, but they shocked everyone and decided to keep their roster intact, at least until they acquired a free agent on the market. of redemption.
A Russell Westbrook trade was on the table for the Lakers, and at one point the Lakers were trying to sell the 2017 NBA MVP to the Houston Rockets in exchange for John Wall. However, that never materialized, with Rob Pelinka saying the team didn’t feel the need to make any changes, even saying LeBron James and Anthony Davis supported the move.
Almost a week later, we continue to talk about the Lakers and learn more facts about the failed negotiation between the two teams. ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and Ramona Shelburne joined Brian Windhorst to discuss the potential trade, revealing more options the Lakers had for acquiring Wall.
McMenamin said they could also bring Christian Wood into the deal, but we all know how things went (through Silver Screen and Roll).
McMenamin: “There was an iteration of John Wall’s trade that included Christian Wood that would have involved more money. I was told from other sources in Houston that there was a message that the Lakers were not willing to take more money.
Shelburne: “It’s kind of the word around the league that the Lakers were making calls, if there was a trade that made sense they would do it. I heard it was ‘d ‘maybe half-hearted efforts.’ luxury, may it be more clutter in the future, may it be a project allowance. In other words, they called, they tried to do some things but there was not the same kind of urgency you heard from the players on Milwaukee game night and especially after the Portland game.
In the conversation, they also revealed that the Lakers could trade draft picks with the Rockets, meaning they could have shipped Russell Westbrook to H-Town without jeopardizing their first round.
It looks like the front office doesn’t want to give up on the Russell Westbrook experience and will give him another chance. They want to add another coin through the Buyback Market, but it’s hard to find a coin that could have the same impact John Wall would have.