The Lakers level guard and his longtime agent, Thad Foucher of Wasserman, have parted ways amid a contentious offseason, Foucher told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday.
Foucher had represented Westbrook for the reason that starting of his NBA profession, beginning with his fourth general choice within the 2008 NBA draft and thru his MVP-winning Thunder tenure and trades to the Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards and Lakers. To date, he has made $288 million in NBA wage, per Spotrac.
Where Westbrook and Foucher apparently differed is what they believed was greatest for Westbrook this offseason. In a prolonged assertion to ESPN, Foucher stated one other commerce can be dangerous for Westbrook’s worth and his most suitable choice is to remain with the Lakers, which appears to indicate Westbrook desires out of Los Angeles.
Foucher described the scenario as “irreconcilable differences.”
The Lakers seemingly disagree with Foucher, regardless of new head coach Darvin Ham’s public insistence he can fix the point guard. The workforce has recently been pursuing a Westbrook-Kyrie Irving trade, however that transfer hasn’t materialized because the groups disagree on compensation. Foucher implies the onus is on the Lakers so as to add worth to get a workforce to take Westbrook’s $47 million contract this offseason.
Here’s the assertion, through ESPN.
Russell Westbrook’s ex-agent’s full assertion
“I represented Russell Westbrook for 14 years and am proud of our partnership which included a highly successful 2008 draft, a super-max contract and the only renegotiation-and-extend max contract in history. I also supported Russell throughout his rise into a prominent fashion industry figure and recently orchestrated three successive trades on Russell’s behalf — culminating with the trade to his hometown Los Angeles Lakers.
“Each time, groups gave up priceless gamers and property to amass Russell – and every time, a brand new group embraced his arrival. We did it collectively with grace and sophistication.
“Now, with a possibility of a fourth trade in four years, the marketplace is telling the Lakers they must add additional value with Russell in any trade scenario. And even then, such a trade may require Russell to immediately move on from the new team via buyout.
“My perception is that this kind of transaction solely serves to decrease Russell’s worth and his most suitable choice is to remain with the Lakers, embrace the beginning function and assist that Darvin Ham publicly provided. Russell is a first-ballot Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame participant and can show that once more earlier than he’s retired.
“Unfortunately, irreconcilable differences exist as to his best pathway forward and we are no longer working together. I wish Russell and his family the very best.”
Such a blunt assertion of opinion over an ex-player is uncommon, and indicative of simply how tenuous Westbrook’s place within the NBA is correct now. He noticed his statistics worsen practically throughout the board whereas taking part in alongside LeBron James, and now seemingly no groups are curious about him on his present wage.
Russell Westbrook likes tweet calling agent’s Lakers assertion false
It wasn’t lengthy after Foucher’s assertion was launched that Westbrook was seen liking a tweet studying “Has absolutely nothing to do with the Lakers situation. That’s [cap].”
So Westbrook might need some ideas on how his agent dealt with their divorce.
Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times additionally reported that Westbrook has by no means requested a commerce from the Lakers.
Meanwhile, Rich Paul, who represents James and Anthony Davis and allegedly wanted Westbrook traded midway through last season, had some ideas whereas watching from afar, ideas that James agreed with.
There actually isn’t any week secure from Lakers information.