Russell Westbrook is still technically a member of the Los Angeles Lakers although suggestions of a potential exit remain.

However, the fact that no NBA team has come forward to try their luck on the former NBA MVP means the only way the 33-year-old would be leaving Hollywood would likely be once his deal is out.

But this does not bar any other scenarios for the nine-time All-Star. A contract buyout could be possible although it would take a lot of money to get it done. As things stand now, no NBA team appears to be willing to bite unless a trade happens.

The latest on the two-time NBA scoring champion is that he has ditched his old agent, Thad Foucher, and hooked up with Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management. On paper, that may not factor much although Schwartz does hold big-name players.

Among those NBA names under his list include Kemba Walker, Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond, and DeAndre Jordan.

But beyond that, Schwartz has helped secure buyouts with the aforementioned names. Hence, it comes as no surprise that pundits are trying to piece everything together, some even feeling that it is a move on the part of Westbrook to leave the Lakers.

However, Schwartz and Westbrook will have to find a willing taker for the NBA player’s $47 million salary. Given his performance, last season wearing the purple and gold, convincing any team to make the jump will be easier said than done.

For now, Westbrook will remain in Los Angeles. There is no telling if Schwartz can map out a plan to move Westbrook to another team this year.

Hence, Westbrook may have to stay put and hope that new head coach Darvin Ham can use him better. If not, the fourth overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft could be the hot topic before the NBA trade deadline or once the 2022-23 season comes to a close.

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers Getty Images | Katelyn Mulcahy

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