The most recent rumors reveal that both Russell Westbrook and the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to part ways in the summer. Westbrook's playstyle simply has not meshed well with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. This is just a tiny part of the problem as the entire Purple and Gold roster, too, hasn't been in sync all season long. And so the question now is: where is Westbrook's next destination? Of course, none other than his wife, Nina Westbrook, has the answer. She hinted that she wants her husband to take his talents to Orlando.
Nina replied to a tweet by Ben Stinar, who believes that Westbrook could lead a bottomfeeding team like the Magic into the playoffs. Nina agreed with Stinar's statement — a comment that could mean everything or nothing at all.
As for one, Westbrook has a player option worth $47 million next season. There's no way in hell he'll not opt into it, as it probably is the final big contract of his basketball career. Given this lucrative amount, the Lakers would have a difficult time shipping him out.
If the Lakers want a straight swap, then only a handful of players are available, with John Wall being among them, who also has a player option next season worth $47.3 million. Rumors revealed that the blockbuster trade was on the table but eventually fell off. So the question now is will the two parties revisit the deal again over the summer?
Who wants Westbrook?
There is some truth to Stinar's statement that Westbrook could lead the Magic into the playoffs. Let us recall that when Kevin Durant left him all alone in OKC, Westbrook basically went berserk by winning the MVP, averaging a triple-double, and leading the Thunder into the postseason. This proves that if you give Westbrook his own team, he could make it work.
Again, everything revolves around one question: are the Magic interested in Westbrook's services, especially at this point in his career? While the Magic are at the bottom of the standings, they have some promising players like Cole Anthony, Jalen Suggs, and Markelle Fultz, who had just returned from an ACL injury.
It's understandable if the Magic front office refuses to go one of these young guns. However, let's note that the Magic seems a bit overstuffed in the guard position, which isn't fashionable nowadays. As such, we could see them offload one of their young guards sooner than later. Rob Pelinka should keep an eye on this development.
Whether Westbrook does end up in Orlando is still a matter of wait-and-see. It all boils down to his massive contract, his and the team's preference, and, well, his wife's preferred destination.