Lakers have not refused to waive Russell Westbrook with stretch provision

2022-04-08 14:35
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The Los Angeles Lakers have not ruled out using the stretch provision and waiving Russell Westbrook this offseason if they fail to find a trade partner, according to Marc Stein.

Via the report, Westbook would cost about $15.7 million over the next three seasons if stretched. The Purple & Gold could use some of those savings to retain Malik Monk, who is set to be an unrestricted free agent.

Los Angeles traded for Westbrook the last offseason, and the move has not gone as the club planned with the Lakers missing the 2021-22 playoffs.

Westbrook is averaging 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.1 assists over 78 duels this season.

For his part, Monk, who joined the Lakers the past offseason on a one-year deal, is registering 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in 74 duels.

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