• Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

Lakers’ Westbrook part ways with agent, clouding his future

ByRandall B. Phelps

Jul 18, 2022

Los Angeles Lakers star Russell Westbrook and her longtime agent Thad Foucher have split after 14 years due to “irreconcilable differences”.

Foucher had been Westbrook’s agent since the guard left UCLA as a sophomore and became the 4th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics, who quickly became the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Foucher suggested he and nine-time NBA All-Star Westbrook were no longer in agreement on whether the former MVP should — or should want — to stay with the Lakers for the final season of his career. five-year, $47 million contract, per ESPN.

Westbrook, a member of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team, was traded after a first season with Los Angeles that ended in a lackluster 33-49 finish. He averaged 18, 5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 78 games with the Lakers – and his situation isn’t improving.

“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 renegotiation and extension max contract in history. also…orchestrated three successive transactions on Russell’s behalf – culminating in the trade to his hometown Los Angeles Lakers Each time, teams gave up valuable players and assets to acquire Russell – and each time, a new organization welcomed his arrival. We did so with grace and class,” Foucher said in a statement.

“Now, with the possibility of a fourth trade in four years, the market is telling the Lakers that they need to add additional value with Russell in any trade scenario. And even then, such a trade may compel Russell to leave the new team immediately via a buyout,” Foucher continued. “My belief is that this type of transaction only serves to diminish Russell’s value and his best option is to stay with the Lakers, to embrace the starting role and the support that Darvin Ham has publicly offered.

“Russell is a first-round Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame player and will prove it again before he retires. Unfortunately, irreconcilable differences exist as to his best path forward and we are no longer working together. I wish Russell and to his family the very best,” concluded Foucher.

Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe reacted to Foucher’s remarks and shared what they think the split means for Westbrook’s future on Monday’s “Undisputed.”

“I am shocked on so many levels by this development. … I had no idea [Westbrook] wanted out because his body language [and] everything he had done lately suggested he was back happy and content in LA because he had a new sheriff in town in charge of Darvin Ham,” Bayless said.

“It felt like some tough, great damage control from Thad Foucher.”

Westbrook’s return to Lakers is ‘best option,’ per ex-nice

Westbrook's return to Lakers is 'best option,' per ex-nice

Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe discuss Russell Westbrook’s split from his longtime agent.

“That’s where they are. Russ doesn’t want to be a Laker. The Lakers don’t want Russ to be a Laker. The agent thought Russ’ best interest was to stay. Russ said, ‘I want go, “and here we are,” Sharpe added. “Did you think last year was fireworks? It’s going to be an adventure.”

Russell Westbrook parts ways with agent over ‘irreconcilable differences’

Russell Westbrook parts ways with his agent over

Shannon Sharpe opens up about Russell Westbrook’s split from her longtime agent.

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