The Dallas Mavericks reportedly just said "hell no" when asked if they were interesred in adding Russell Westbrook. At the start of free agency, the Mavericks lost Jalen Brunson, who signed with the New York Knicks. Brunson and Luka Doncic were a strong backcourt duo for the Mavericks last season and some are curious to see how will the Mavericks respond to losing Brunson.
Westbrook, the 2017 NBA MVP, didn't impress in his first season in Los Angeles and it has been reported that the Lakers are trying to find a trade partner for Westbrook. ESPN's Tim MacMahon spoke with someone within the Mavericks organization and asked directly if they were interested in replacing Brunson with Westbrook.
“You guys told me you heard that, and I checked in,” said MacMahon when fellow ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst offered the Mavs as a possible landing spot for Westbrook. “I got a very quick ‘hell no.'
New Lakers coach offered some support for Westbrook
After the Lakers' disappointing season ended, Frank Vogel was fired as their head coach. The Lakers hired Darvin Ham as their new head, who spoke positively of Westbrook when asked to offer his thoughts on the 2017 NBA MVP.
“Counted out prematurely,” Ham told Andscape’s Marc J. Spears regarding Westbrook. “Counted out. Prematurely. I’ve had some great interactions with Russ, in person, over dinner, over the phone, over text messages.
I love Russell Westbrook, man. Just his mentality, his approach. Just to see him, a guy of that magnitude and everything he’s done in the league to get hated on. But being me, I got a wholehearted plan, a clear plan on how I’m going to use him.
I showed it to him, sat down, brought stuff up for him. I think he’s going to flourish. We ain’t going to try to curtail his energy. We’re just going to diversify it, redirect it”. The Lakers are believed to be actively shopping Westbrook even though Ham suggested he sees Westbrook as a starter next season.
“Yes, indeed,” Ham said when asked if he sees Westbrook as a starter. “It’s just the way we’re going to play and the type of people that’s going to be out there on the floor, that’s the biggest thing”.
The Lakers reportedly have the most interest in trading for Kyrie Irving, a move that reunite Irving with LeBron James.