Should the Dallas Mavericks sign Russell Westbrook if he gets bought out?
The Mavs should not sign Russell Westbrook, even at the minimum salary, unless he is willing to accept a role as the sixth man that plays 25 minutes per game.
Yes, Dallas needs to add talent around superstar Luka Doncic, and they desperately need another playmaker, but having an unhappy superstar that is throwing up roadblocks at every turn does not make for a pleasant season. Ask Steve Nash and the Brooklyn Nets how much they enjoyed last season with all the drama surrounding their team. The Mavericks want to keep Doncic for his entire career, so turning next season into a circus by signing Westbrook is counterproductive.
The Lakers trading Westbrook could be the beginning of the end for the nine-time All-Star and 2017 NBA MVP. If he still believes he is a superstar, the market will be non-existent for the 6’3 guard. No team needs him to come in and be their best player next season. Westbrook will have to accept a role, and he has been reluctant to do the little things since leaving Oklahoma City three years ago.
Russell Westbrook’s former agent hit the nail on the head when he said his best opportunity is in LA next season. The 6’3 guard will get his entire $47 million if he stays with the Lakers, and he has the opportunity to rebuild his value by fitting in and helping LeBron James and Anthony Davis get back to the playoffs. If not, Westbrook could be facing a chilly free agent market, and fans should stay tuned to see how it plays out.