They had no option but to work with Westbrook in the middle of a trade rumor-filled offseason in which he was the subject of discussions with the Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers, and even the Utah Jazz. In addition, the organization brought in Patrick Beverley and Dennis Schroder for a second stay.
Westbrook didn't contribute to the club last year, but a different strategy in 2022–23 may alter that. Darvin Ham, the new head coach of the Lakers, has been loud about giving Russell Westbrook particular duties on this club, but he hasn't said what those positions would include. Being the sixth player on this team may provide Westbrook and the team their greatest opportunity for a good season if they decide to stick it out with the Lake Show for another year.