The only team that showed interest in the trade for Russell Westbrook was the Charlotte Hornets. And with that, Michael Jordan’s team still wants to play for the point guard.
Although little has been said about the subject, and even more so with the rumor that the Lakers will be interested in Carrie Irving, he returned to the table this week due to a report by The Ranger insider Kevin O’Connor.
“Russell’s interest in Westbrook, which Mark Stein expressed months ago, is real. While Westbrook has little meaning as a player with the Ball, but he has an expiring contract and the Hornets are limited free. Agents are opening up treasures for Miles Bridges, and LaMelo Ball is expanding. It’s a good time to transfer some other long-term pay (such as Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier) to a deal near the end of Russia. They can also consider upgrading their draft pick to the top 10. In any case, the Hornets should prioritize finding a scoring player who can complete La Mello.
The exchange of Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier for Russ will save the Horns a lot of money in the short and long term. Next season, Hornets will save 4. 4.4 million and then stop paying Westbrook’s salary when he becomes a free agent after next season. Hayward and Rozier are expected to make about .7 54.7 million next year. Rozier’s contract runs until the 2025-26 season, valued at $ 24.9 million and $ 26.6 million over the past two years, while Hayward expects to earn $ 31.5 million in the final year of your contract, 2023-24.
Although everyone has strong contracts and because of this there is a lot of pressure from all sides, both have been fruitful in Charlotte. In the 2020-21 season, both played very well in the first half. Hayward’s injury problems are obvious, but Rozier LaMelo has always been a solid team-mate for the ball.
Over the past two seasons, Rosier has averaged 20.9 points, 4.6 assists and 4.6 rebounds, while his 44.7% shots are 38.1% above the 3-point limit.
If negotiated, it would be a financially viable deal. By trading Hayward and Rozier, Hornets will release more than $ 106 million that could be committed to Miles Bridges, LaMelo Ball and PJ Washington, all of whom must go into free agency or expand in the next two years. Should be eligible for
On the other hand, this huge amount of money coming into the Lakers payroll would not be ideal for long-term roster flexibility. With no money in mind, the addition of Rozier and Hayward will significantly improve the Lakers ‘chances of what could be LeBron James’ last season in Los Angeles.