NBA Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers would be fools to trade Russell Westbrook to Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons

Written by Doug Rush

NBA Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers would be fools to trade Russell Westbrook to Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons

Why fans are clamoring for the Los Angeles Lakers to trade Russell Westbrook three games in is beyond crazy.

Last week, we had mentioned how it would be impossible, plus not feasible, for the Lakers to trade Westbrook to the Brooklyn Nets for Kyrie Irving.

So while that trade wouldn’t work, here’s another trade that is being proposed; sending Westbrook to the Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons.

Now, through the first three games, Westbrook is averaging 12 points, 8.7 assists and 7.7 rebounds per game. The points per game are down, as he’s only shooting 34% for the floor, which is down about 10 percent from his career average.

But here’s the thing, Westbrook is out on the court and trying to play as hard as he can for the Lakers. Westbrook is a former MVP and will figure it out. If anything, having LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony alongside him can only help.

Whereas Simmons is currently not playing for the 76ers. When we last saw Simmons, he was in a poor shooting funk in the playoffs, as they were being eliminated by the Atlanta Hawks.

Simmons got himself kicked out of practice last week and then suspended for a game by Doc Rivers. That was before he was declared out for an indefinite amount of time while he is dealing with mental health issues and a back injury.

It’s unclear what will happen with Simmons, but it’s something that the Lakers should stay away from. Westbrook is there player and he is working out his issues at practice and on the court, which is what a professional is supposed to be doing.

Three games in. Let the Lakers and Russell Westbrook figure it out before trading him anywhere, much less, for players who aren’t even playing current basketball.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.

In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.

After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.

In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.

Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.