‘Big 3’ Lakers call by phone to reaffirm their commitment to each other: report

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Among all uncertainty in Los AngelesLakers stars LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook reportedly returned a phone call to confirm their intention to play together while they are all in Los Angeles.

Three stars gathered for a call on the first weekend NBA Summer League in Las Vegas to make sure they’re all on the same wavelength moving forward while committing to keep their partnership working, according to a Yahoo Sports report.

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LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks to Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game against the Utah Jazz on Feb. 21. February 16, 2022 at the Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles, California.
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It was a turbulent year for the Lakers organization, which fired Frank Vogel after a disastrous 33–49 season that saw the franchise miss the playoffs for the second time since. James came to Los Angeles. Davis and James only played 96 games together as both suffered various injuries throughout the season.

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The addition of Russell Westbrook in the 2021 off-season was seen as the league’s new “big three” at the time of the trade, but Westbrook struggled hard in his first year in Los Angeles.

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers holds the ball with his hand during the first half of an NBA game at the Footprint Center on April 5, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers holds the ball with his hand during the first half of an NBA game at the Footprint Center on April 5, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Westbrook averaged the lowest points since his second season in the league and only shot 29.8% from the three-point line. He has been rumored to be in the trade for months now, with recent rumors suggesting he is the centerpiece of a potential trade for Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving.

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Westbrook agreed to his player option for $47.1 million for the following season, making Westbrook the second most valuable player in the NBA next season.

Westbrook and his 14-year-old agent Tad Fouche announced last week that they were no longer working together due to “irreconcilable differences.”

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Fouche said in a statement to ESPN that he thinks Westbrook’s best option is to finish the final year of his contract under freshman head coach Darwin Ham. This is an option that, judging by Fouche’s statement, is at odds with Westbrook’s.

“Now, with the possibility of a fourth deal in four years, the market is telling the Lakers they must add value to Russell in any deal scenario,” Fouche said in a statement. “Even so, such an exchange could require Russell to leave the new team immediately through a buyout.

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“I believe that this type of deal only reduces the value of Russell and his best option is to stay with the Lakers, accept the starting role and support that Darwin Ham has publicly offered. Russell is Naismith’s first Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. and prove it one more time before he retires.”