Lakers’ Russell Westbrook splits with old agent Thad Foucher over ‘irreconcilable differences’

Russell Westbrook splits with longtime agent Thad Faucher of Wasserman over what the agent describes as “irreconcilable differences,” he tells Adrian Wojnarowski. While the separation of player and agent is nothing new, Foucher released a lengthy statement about his now-expiring partnership with Westbrook that doesn’t exactly paint the former MVP in the best light.

“I have represented Russell Westbrook for 14 years and am proud of our partnership which has included a highly successful 2008 draft, Super Max contract and the only maximum renegotiation and extension contract in history. I have also supported Russell throughout his rise to personality in the fashion industry and recently orchestrated three consecutive deals on behalf of Russell – culminating with a trade to his hometown of the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Every time, teams give up valuable players and assets to get Russell – and every time, a new organization has embraced his arrival. We’ve done it alongside style and attributes.

Now, with the potential for a fourth deal in four years, the market is telling the Lakers they must add additional value with Russell in any trading scenario. Until then, such a trade would require Russell to immediately move on from the new team via an acquisition.

“I think this kind of transaction only devalues ​​Russell and his best option is to stay with the Lakers, embrace the starting role and support Darvin Hamm was offered to the public. Russell is the first Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and he will prove that once again before his retirement.

“Unfortunately there are irreconcilable disagreements about the best way forward and we are no longer working together. I wish Russell and his family well.”

If Foucher is ending his relationship with Westbrook because they disagree on how best to move forward in his career and wants the former superstar point guard to remain with the Lakers, it stands to reason that Westbrook himself would prefer to leave Los Angeles. but, According to Dan Wiki of the Los Angeles Times,Westbrook did not ask for any trade.

Of course, it’s also worth noting that he didn’t exactly need that. It’s no secret that the Lakers would prefer to trade him, they’ve only been selective about the details of the deal. Reports indicated that they didn’t want to attach a first-round pick just to dump Westbrook, and so far, only Kyrie Irving has been worthy of the pick for them. It looks like Irving, the superior shooter and James’s former teammate, would be a better fit at the base without sacrificing the stellar talent the Lakers were hoping to add at Westbrook.

At least in public, the Lakers have given every indication that they still think Westbrook could be that kind of star. As Futcher said, new head coach Darvin Hamm has been very publicly supportive of Westbrook. “Don’t screw it up, Russell is one of the best players our league has ever seen, and there’s still a lot going on in this tank,” Hamm He said In his introductory press conference. “I don’t know why people tend to try to delete it… Ross and I had some really great conversations between two people, and the biggest word that came out of those discussions was sacrifice. We’re going to sacrifice whatever we have to do, not just Ross.” There will be sacrifices LeBron will have to make, and AD will have to make, along the way in the rest of the list.”

However, if you read between the lines, the messages from the Lakers players have not been positive. James and Westbrook sat poorly on either side of the ring when they both attended the Summer League last weekend. After news of the split between Westbrook and Futcher surfaced, Rich Paul, representing James and several other Laker players, chirp “It’s a cool game!” All along, the idea that the Lakers might keep Westbrook seemed like an influence game. This leverage is losing strength.

Agents never openly talk about their relationships with past clients. It’s usually a bad job. Why send a message to potential future clients that you’re willing to air their dirty laundry like that? It is difficult at this point to determine who benefits from this statement and how it will affect Westbrook’s future. It can’t make the trade any more difficult because, well, no one wants it the way it is. Perhaps this could give the Lakers a renewed sense of urgency. If Westbrook wants to get out of L.A. badly enough to break up with an agent who thinks he should stay there, perhaps that will send a message to the Lakers that keeping him would be foolish.

That is all speculation at this point. The conditions here are somewhat unprecedented, but then, so has most of what happened to the Lakers last season. For now, the goal remains the same. In an ideal world, the Lakers would be able to trade Westbrook and draft picks for Irving. But if this forces them to cast a wider net into potential deals? This cannot harm them. If a Westbrook agent can no longer work with him, there is little reason to believe the Lakers would want to.

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