Russell Westbrook trade: Pacers shut down possible deal with Lakers

2022-07-22 17:48
Credit: AP – Scanpix
Credit AP – Scanpix

A trade package that would have seen the Los Angeles Lakers trade Russell Westbrook and a first-rounder to the Indiana Pacers in return for Myles Turner and Buddy Hield is currently dead, according to Shams Charania and Bob Kravitz of The Athletic.

The Pacers want a second first-round selection added to the deal, via the report.

Westbrook, 33, opted into his $47.1 million player option for the 2022-23 season last month.

3-pointers this season

Points made: 12,2
Accuracy: 34,4%
Place in standings: 16
Record max: 19
Record min: 4
Most made 3FGs: Justin Holiday

A nine-time All-Star averaged 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.1 assists with 10 triple-doubles while shooting 44.4 percent from the floor and 29.8 percent from deep in 78 starts last season.

However, the Lakers were eliminated from playoff contention with a team that did not jell. 

Last week, Westbrook parted ways with his longtime agent, Wasserman's Thad Foucher, due to "irreconcilable differences."

Turner averaged 12.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game last season for Indiana but missed 39 contests with a foot injury. Hield added 18.2 points a match while shooting 36 percent from the 3-point zone.

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