Russell Westbrook, agent who split amid the uncertain future of the Lakers Guard

Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook and his longtime former agent Thad Foucher are parting ways after working closely together for the past 14 NBA seasons.

In between it’s over Los Angeles Lakers Guardian Russell Westbrook and his longtime former agent Thad Foucher.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the news on Friday night that Foucher was no longer representing Westbrook because of “irreconcilable differences.” It is believed that “there is no complete agreement with Westbrook on whether the former MVP wants to stay with the Lakers for the final season of his $47 million contract.” Foucher believes Westbrook’s best option is to remain in place.

Westbrook has been represented by Foucher since he was drafted 4th overall in 2008 NBA draft through the then-soon-to-be Oklahoma City Thunder from UCLA.

If Westbrook were traded this summer, it would be the fourth time in four years he’s been traded since signing his deal with the Thunder. He has played for the Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards and now the Lakers since retiring NBA franchise with which he is most closely associated. At 33, another trade could be a disaster for his future career.

According to Foucher’s testimony, which Wojnarowski received, he thinks a deal for his former client is terrible.

“I believe this type of transaction only serves to diminish Russell’s value and his best option is to remain with the Lakers, accepting the starting role and support that Darvin Ham has publicly offered. Russell is a first-round player in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and will prove it again before he retires.”

Foucher ended his statement with “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the abrupt split.

“Unfortunately, there are irreconcilable differences over his best path forward and we are no longer working together. I wish Russell and his family the very best.”

Westbrook is a first-choice Hall of Famer, but he hasn’t exactly aged gracefully into his early 30s.

Russell Westbrook, longtime former agent Thad Foucher, split after 14 years

Westbrook doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. He is a nine-time All-NBA player and former league MVP. He made it to the NBA’s 75th anniversary team and has seemingly done everything possible in the association except win a league. He came close early in his career with the 2011-12 Thunder, but came up empty-handed against LeBron James and co.

Though he and King James may have had a better relationship before they hooked up in Los Angeles last season, staying together for another year and weathering the awkwardness will benefit everyone involved. James could grab his fifth NBA championship, Westbrook could grab his first, and the Lakers could grab 18th place as a franchise, putting them ahead of arch-rivals the Boston Celtics.

Unfortunately, we can all read between the lines and understand exactly what is going on. Westbrook no longer wants to play for the Lakers. His former agent wanted him to go through the last year of his contract before testing free hand next summer. Once again, Westbrook’s complete lack of confidence will be to his own detriment. The Lakers can be decent too.

It would be so hilarious if Westbrook was traded and the Lakers won the NBA Finals without him. Russell Westbrook, agent who split amid the uncertain future of the Lakers Guard

John Verrall

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