Pacers don’t seem interested in Lakers goaltender Russell Westbrook

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There may be reports that the Los Angeles Lakers are optimistically preparing to move forward with Russell Westbrook on the roster, but it also looks like they’re looking to trade him for the right package.

Finding a willing business partner for such a deal will be hard enough, but crafting a return package that will be acceptable enough will be even harder.

One team that is said to be interested in Westbrook is the Indiana Pacers.

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However, according to an NBA reporter, the Lakers made an offer to the Pacers, only to have them push LA away.

Via Lakers Daily:

“A recent report indicates that the Lakers are trying to offload Westbrook alongside Talen Horton-Tucker and a future first-round pick in exchange for Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon.

“‘They’re active,’ Jonathan Givony said on the Zach Lowe podcast when discussing the Lakers. “You hear some of them, they call Indiana and say, ‘What do you think of Westbrook and Talen Horton- Tucker and our first round of 2026? And they just have a good laugh and say, ‘No thanks, we’ve got better deals on the table than that.'”

Brogdon would be a decent return for the Lakers. Although he is injury prone, he is a skilled combo keeper who can score, engage others and defend at a fairly high level.

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However, a package of Westbrook, Horton-Tucker and a future first-round pick for him seems like too much to let go of unless additional players come back with Brogdon.

Rumor has it that the Charlotte Hornets have a genuine interest in acquiring Westbrook, and the Lakers are reportedly trying to land Kyrie Irving for Westbrook if the former becomes available.

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