Houston, New York or Charlotte?

I guess my the top three will probably be Houston, New York and Charlotte again, from what I’ve heard and what other people have reported.
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StatMuse @statmuse
40/10 games in one season since the merger:
13 — Joel Embid (this season)
12 — Russell Westbrook (2017)
12 – Moses Malone (1982)
The last 2 names won the MVP title that year. pic.twitter.com/NkFlxLbewL3:49 p.m.

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Joel Embiid today:
✅ 41 PTS
✅ 20 REB
✅ 14-17 FG
It’s the 13th time Embiid has recorded at least 40p/10r in a game this season.
He broke a tie with Moses Malone (1981-82) and Russell Westbrook (2016-17) for the most such games in a single season since the ABA-NBA merger. pic.twitter.com/U0ieuSx3L53:27 p.m.

kurt helene @talk about basketball
Westbrook demanding to get the ball downfield, other ways his fit in the heart of Lakers troubles nba.nbcsports.com/2022/04/09/wes…2:31 p.m.

Neighborhood Ryan @RyanWardLA
Anthony Davis, carmelo anthony and Russell Westbrook join james lebron (and Kendrick Nunn) on the bench for the season finale in Denver. All excluded: pic.twitter.com/opWVabSeWP2:30 p.m.

StatMuse @statmuse
LeBron Winning Percentage
.728 with Kyrie
.684 with AD
.685 with Wade
.627 with Ilgauskas
.455 with Westbrook pic.twitter.com/1EpNg2uHr01:12 p.m.

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
bring young became the ninth player in NBA history to record at least 700 FGs made and 700 assists in a season:
✅Oscar Robertson, 6x
✅Nate Archibald, 2x
✅ Tim Hardaway, 2x
✅ Gary Payton, 2x
✅ Russell Westbrook, 2x
✅ Wilt Chamberlain
✅ Jerry West
✅ LeBron James
✅ Young pic.twitter.com/DPenqeLupl11:11 a.m.

Chief Brandon @brandon rahbar
After watching the Lakers for 2 1/2 hours, LA shouldn’t throw Russell Westbrook under the bus, they should issue Russell Westbrook an apology from Jeanie Buss. – 00:59

Chief Brandon @brandon rahbar
OKC Blue lead Russell Westbrook’s teammates into 2022 after 1st Quarter. – 11:11 p.m.

Mike Trudel @LakersReporter
With LeBron, AD, Westbrook and Anthony out, LAL’s new starting lineup has had some good spells the past two nights, but the end-of-the-bench group has struggled.
OKC took a 7 point lead at the end of the 1st Q before Gabriel and Ellington stopped a run with B2B 3’s. – 11:06 p.m.

CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Russell Westbrook trade rumours: Hornets a team to watch in potential Lakers guard deal, report says
cbssports.com/nba/news/russian…10:05 p.m.

Mike Trudel @LakersReporter
Vogel said Davis, Westbrook and Anthony weren’t ruled out for Sunday’s final in Denver. LeBron is already out, because of the ankle. – 8:56 p.m.

Neighborhood Ryan @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel says AD, Melo and Westbrook have NOT been ruled out for Sunday yet. – 8:55 p.m.

StatMuse @statmuse
Russell Westbrook’s last 10 games:
22.2 GPP
7.4 RPG
7.1 APG
52.1 FG%
41.5 3P% on 4.1 attempts
Finish the season strong. pic.twitter.com/IhheX2NVDc6:43 p.m.

Chief Brandon @brandon rahbar
LeBron missed 1/3 of the season.
AD missed half of the season.
Westbrook only missed one game until LA was eliminated.
This Game: LeBron and AD both played and lost to the tanking Blazers.
Russ scored 18.5/7.4/7.1 on the season.
Still, Westbrook gets all the blame. Go on. – 5:16 p.m.

Chief Brandon @brandon rahbar
LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony are all out against OKC tonight.
Thunder’s lottery odds are in the hands of the new Big 3 Lakers: Talen Horton Tucker, Monk Malik and Austin Reaves. – 2:35 p.m.

Joe Musatto @joe_mussatto
LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Kendrick Nunn are out for the Lakers tonight. – 2:31 p.m.

Neighborhood Ryan @RyanWardLA
LeBron (out for the season), AD, Westbrook and Melo are out again tonight for the Lakers’ final home game: pic.twitter.com/NcqEFniqug2:28 p.m.

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Lakers haven’t ruled out using waiver and stretch provision on Westbrook sportando.basketball/en/lakers-have…09:42

StatMuse @statmuse
THT Escape Game:
40 PTS (career high)
3 RECs
3 ASD
4 STLs
Horton-Tucker has a higher season than Westbrook and AD. pic.twitter.com/tMWlAEOYG000:26

Mike Trudel @LakersReporter
With no pressure in this game and with LeBron/AD/Westbrook/Melo all out, LAL came out both loose and aggressive, taking an 11-4 lead to 3 minutes at Golden State.
Entries: THT, Monk, Reaves, Johnson and Howard – 10:11 p.m.

Neighborhood Ryan @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel says LeBron, AD and Westbrook weren’t ruled out for tomorrow’s game. He says they realize this is the last home game and fan appreciation day. – 8:32 p.m.

Mike Trudel @LakersReporter
Carmelo Anthony (non-COVID illness) came out tonight, joining LeBron, AD and Westbrook. – 8:28 p.m.

alexander kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
The Lakers and Rockets are expected to revisit a trade Russell Westbrook for John Wall this summer, per @MarcStein.
If Wall isn’t traded, “his representation at Klutch Sports should work with the Rockets on a buyout deal,” per @Michael Scotto. basketballnews.com/stories/if-roc…8:07 p.m.

kurt helene @talk about basketball
What’s next for Russell Westbrook, Los Angeles Lakers? nba.nbcsports.com/2022/04/07/wha…20:00

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Lakers are sitting LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, which raises the possibility that their once-hopeful superteam experiment ended before it ever achieved anything of note: ocregister.com/2022/04/07/lak…4:23 p.m.

Neighborhood Ryan @RyanWardLA
If you haven’t already heard, the Lakers Big 3 won’t be playing tonight in San Francisco, according to Lakers PR:
Anthony Davis (right midfoot sprain), LeBron James (left ankle sprain) and Russell Westbrook (right shoulder pain) are OUT for tonight’s game at Golden State. – 3:44 p.m.

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Lakers: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook out tonight against the Warriors sportando.basketball/fr/lakers-lebr…2:57 p.m.

Marc Haynes @markhaynesnba
The Golden State Warriors could pick up an easy win tonight with LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis for the Lakers. – 2:19 p.m.

Marc Medina @BrandG_Medina
The Lakers are ruling out Anthony Davis (sprained right midfoot), LeBron James (sprained left ankle) and Russell Westbrook (painful right shoulder) for tonight’s game at Golden State. – 2:16 p.m.

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Big Three are out tonight against Golden State:
– LeBron with ankle pain
– Anthony Davis with foot pain
– Russell Westbrook with right shoulder pain
The trio have played 21 games together this season (11-10), and that may be all they have played together. – 2:16 p.m.

Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Lakers say LeBron James (sprained left ankle), Anthony Davis (sprained right midfoot) and Russell Westbrook (painful right shoulder) are all OUT for tonight’s game against Golden State – 2:14 p.m.

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook of the Lakers are eliminated against the Warriors tonight. – 2:13 p.m.

Mike Trudel @LakersReporter
LeBron (left ankle sprain), Davis (right midfoot sprain) and Westbrook (right shoulder pain) are all out against Golden State tonight. – 2:12 p.m.

Josh Martin @Lonzo Wire
Could Hornets team LaMelo Ball meet Russell Westbrook? lonzowire.usatoday.com/2022/04/07/mar…1:41 p.m.

mark stone @LaLigneStein
Trading Russell Westbrook… options already on the Lakers roster, what rival teams are planning, going straight to the waiver and stretch… ALL covered in today’s article: marcstein.substack.com/p/trading-russ…11:09

Safer this scenario

Another option that could (stress: could) arise provided the Pacers like the idea: The Lakers have a well-documented interest in Buddy Hield, who came to Indiana with Haliburton in the Sabonis trade, and may well offer Russell Westbrook and his expiring $47.1 million contract for Hield and Brogdon. With the Pacers presumed to have no interest in Westbrook beyond his expiring salary, such a trade hinges on what kind of interim compensation the Lakers would be willing to provide to sweeten the deal for the Pacers to participate and then (we don’t can only imagine ) parts ways with Westbrook. -Going through marcstein.substack.com / April 9, 2022

Charlotte is increasingly being mentioned by league insiders as a team to watch on the Westbrook front. All-Star guard LaMelo Ball is firmly established as the face of the franchise Hornets and star on the ball, but one scenario that makes the rounds is the belief that the Hornets could emerge with interest from Westbrook in the name of creating some financial flexibility. Gordon Hayward has two more seasons on a four-year, $120 million contract and has appeared in just 49 of Charlotte’s 79 games this season. Terry Rozier has performed well this season, with an above-average PER of 17.36, but next season is the first year of a four-year, $97 million extension. -Going through marcstein.substack.com / April 7, 2022

The Lakers have the option to trade an additional 2029 future first-round pick in July after only having the 2027 first-round pick to buy at the deadline, increasing their option with Houston or any other potential trade partners. . It’s also conceivable that the Rockets, very tired of their own saga with Wall, could lower their demands (two second rounds?) as Wall and Westbrook enter the final year of their current contracts. Unless the Rockets think they can trade Wall elsewhere, those talks are bound to be renewed.. -Going through marcstein.substack.com / April 7, 2022

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