Russell Westbrook hires new agent amid uncertain future with Lakers



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Russell Westbrook hires new agent amid uncertain future with Lakers

Russell Westbrook has hired Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports as his new agent, ESPN's NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

Mid-July, ESPN announced Westbrook had decided to end partnership with his long-time agent Thad Foucher. Foucher represented Westbrook since the start of the former NBA MVP's career but they reached the point where the right thing was to end their partnership.

Just over two weeks later, Westbrook has found a new agent as his future in the NBA remains uncertain. Westbrook's first season with the Los Angeles Lakers didn't go as planned and the Lakers are reportedly attempting to trade the guard.

However, there is still a chance Westbrook returns to the Lakers next season and gets another chance to compete for the championship with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Ex-agent suggested Westbrook didn't listen to his suggestion

In a statement Foucher provided to ESPN, he suggested Westbrook wasn't really interested in taking his suggestion.

"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," Foucher said in a statement to ESPN.

"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, teams gave up valuable players and assets to acquire Russell -- and each time, a new organization embraced his arrival. We did it together with grace and class. 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 belief is that this type of transaction only serves to diminish Russell's value and his best option is to stay with the Lakers, embrace the starting role and support that Darvin Ham publicly offered.

Russell is a first-ballot Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame player and will prove that again before he is 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." It remains to be seen if Westbrook will be on the Lakers when the new season begins.