NBA insider reveals what Lakers plan to do if they don't trade Russell Westbrook

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NBA insider reveals what Lakers plan to do if they don't trade Russell Westbrook

NBA insider Marc Stein is reporting that new Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham is determined to put Russell Westbrook in a position to succeed if the former NBA MVP remains with the team. Since the Lakers haven't been able to find a trade partner for Westbrook, there is now a solid chance he indeed returns to the team for his second season.

Ham, who was replaced Frank Vogel as the Lakers head coach this offseason, showed public support for Westbrook when he was first introduced as the team's head coach. A couple of days ago, the Lakers traded for veteran guard Patrick Beverley.

Westbrook and Beverley have a history and some thought that the Lakers trading for Beverley meant they were defininitely ready to move on from Westbrook. But that is not the case, according to NBA insider Stein.

Stein: Ham will try to find a real role for Westbrook if he stays in LA

“Yet I am also hearing that, if no trade involving Westbrook materializes and if he is on the roster when the Lakers start practicing on Sept.

27, new Lakers coach Darvin Ham remains determined to carve out a real role for Westbrook,” Stein wrote for The Stein Line. “Sources say that the Lakers, to date, have strongly resisted the idea of shelving Westbrook completely until they can find a trade for him like the Rockets tried last season with John Wall — even after trading for longtime Westbrook adversary Patrick Beverley.

Westbrook, who turns 34 in November, appeared in 78 of the Lakers’ 82 games last season”. Westbrook's first season in Los Angeles was a complete disaster. The Lakers, who were considered among top favorites for the title, finished with a 33-49 record and didn't even make the playoffs.

Throughout the season, Westbrook was heavily criticized for his play. It remains to be seen if Westbrook will get another chance with the Lakers.