Have $29.995 million burning a hole in your pocket? Lucky for you, Russell Westbrook’s Brentwood mansion just went on the market for exactly that amount, which is roughly $10 million more than he paid for the property in 2018. It’s a beaut too, clocking in at 13,425 square feet with six bedrooms, eight baths, a wine cellar, home theater, gym, pool and outdoor kitchen, among other amenities.
Westbrook, of course, has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason, not even acknowledging teammate LeBron James at a Summer League game in Las Vegas. The former MVP also has a complicated history with Lakers newcomer Patrick Beverley, though the two have downplayed their past feud, putting their swords away (at least in view of cameras) at a recent press conference.
A Lawndale native who played his college ball at UCLA, Westbrook’s Los Angeles homecoming last season wasn’t what he had hoped for, missing the playoffs while averaging his fewest points per game (18.5) since 2010. It’s been a difficult few years for Westbrook, who, in his late career, has become something of a journeyman, playing for four teams—Oklahoma City, Houston, Washington and the Lakers—in as many seasons. Fueled by his critics in the media—none bigger than Fox Sports troll Skip Bayless—Westbrook has acquired the derisive nickname “Westbrick,” an obvious reference to the 33-year-old’s well-documented shooting woes (29.8 three-point percentage last season).
A prolific but inefficient scorer often dismissed as a “compiler” (he’s the NBA’s all-time leader in career triple doubles), trading Westbrook has proven more difficult than anticipated, mostly owing to his exorbitant $47-million salary, second in the league behind only reigning Finals MVP Steph Curry. In regard to his Lakers future, does Westbrook know something the rest of us don’t? Or was listing his house merely a case of wishful thinking, a not-so-subtle hint that he’d rather be playing elsewhere? Coach Darvin Ham insists Westbrook remains a major part of the Lakers’ plans for this upcoming season, though the point guard's suspicious real-estate activity would suggest he isn’t long for Los Angeles.
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