Russell Westbrook Trade Rumors Have Taken a Surprising Turn

David Kaestle
Russell Westbrook has turned around his play over the last month.
Russell Westbrook has turned around his play over the last month. / Associated Press

Heading into this season, Russell Westbrook's tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers seemed to be a ticking time bomb that would inevitably end in a trade out of La La Land. Things got even worse when the season started as both Westbrook and the Lakers got off to a horrendous start.

Fast forward to December and things have turned around for Westbrook and the Lakers. Ever since Westbrook was made the Lakers' sixth man he has averaged 15.2 points, 7.9 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game while the Lakers have gone 11-12 (compared to 0-4 prior).

While those aren't exactly the numbers he was used to putting up, its still a well-rounded stat line and a great one for a sixth man. It seems, despite some initial troubles, Westbrook has accepted his new role and is thriving, along with the team as a whole.

The Lakers went from one of the worst records in the NBA to now approaching the play-in area of the standings. If things keep going this way, we should see the Lakers continue to climb in the standings.

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