Russell Westbrook parts ways with longtime agent who hints they don’t agree with Lakers’ future


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Many assumed that Russell Westbrook would find a new team after a disastrous first season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Now he finds a new agent.

The Lakers point guard and his longtime agent Thad Fouche of Wasserman parted ways over a controversial offseason, Fouche told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday.

Fouche has represented Westbrook since the beginning of his NBA career, starting with his fourth overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft, winning the Thunder and becoming MVP, and also being traded to the Houston Rockets,” Washington Wizards and Lakers. To date, his NBA salary is $288 million, according to Spotrac.

Where Westbrook and Fouche clearly differed was on what they thought was the best for Westbrook this offseason. In a lengthy statement to ESPN, Fouche said another deal would hurt Westbrook’s value and his best option is to stay with the Lakers, which seems to imply Westbrook wants to leave Los Angeles.

Fouche described the situation as “irreconcilable differences”.

The Lakers likely disagree with Fouche, despite new head coach Darwin Ham publicly insisting he can replace point guard. The team recently considered trading Westbrook for Kyrie Irving, but the move fell through as the teams disagree over compensation. Fouche is implying that the Lakers are responsible for getting the team to get Westbrook’s $47 million contract this offseason.

Here’s the statement via ESPN.

Full statement by former agent Russell Westbrook

“I represented Russell Westbrook for 14 years and am proud of our partnership which included a very successful 2008 draft, a super max contract and the only ever max contract with a review and extension. fashion industry figure and recently orchestrated three consecutive deals on Russell’s behalf, culminating in a deal with his hometown of the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Each time, teams have given up valuable players and assets to acquire Russell, and each time a new organization has taken him in. We did it together with grace and class.

“Now, with the possibility of a fourth trade in four years, the market is telling the Lakers they need to add value to Russell in any trade scenario. And even so, such an exchange may require Russell to leave the new team immediately. through ransom.

“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.

“Unfortunately, there are irreconcilable differences regarding his best path forward and we no longer work together. I wish Russell and his family all the best.”

Such a scathing comment about a former player is rare and a testament to how precarious Westbrook’s place in the NBA is right now. He’s seen his stats go down almost across the board when he played alongside LeBron James and now it looks like no team is interested in him with his current salary.

Russell Westbrook Liked Tweet, Calling Lakers Agent’s Statement False

Shortly after Fouche’s statement was made public, Westbrook liked the tweet saying, “Has absolutely nothing to do with the Lakers situation. [cap].”

So Westbrook may have some thoughts on how his agent handled their divorce.

Screenshot of Russell Westbrook’s Twitter likes with the message: “Has absolutely nothing to do with the Lakers situation. [cap].” (Twitter)

Dan Voik of the Los Angeles Times also revealed that Westbrook never requested a trade from the Lakers.

Meanwhile, Rich Paul, who represents James and Anthony Davis and allegedly wanted Westbrook traded midway through last season, had some thoughts while watching from afar, which James agreed with.

There really isn’t a single week that is safe from Lakers news.

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Russell Westbrook is looking for a new agent and possibly a new team. (Photo by Kate Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

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