Russell Westbrook Apr 5, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers did not perform up to expectations whatsoever this past season, missing out on the playoffs with a disappointing 33-49 record.

There were a number of issues for the team, but a glaring one was how terrible of a fit it appeared to be for star point guard Russell Westbrook alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis last year.

His lack of shooting and necessity to need the ball alongside James, who is also a ball-dominant player, was clear to everyone. It is a question mark as to where the organization goes from here this offseason.

Westbrook (seen above during a game in April) has made his decision on his upcoming player option in his contract, and it is one that many Lakers’ fans aren’t going to love to hear.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Westbrook is planning to exercise his player option. That will net him $47.1 million next season to return to Los Angeles.

The Lakers have already said that they don’t plan to trade Westbrook, as they are not willing to give up additional assets that would likely be necessary to move him.

That likely means that the Lakers will be running it back with a similar team next season, which is something many of their fans are not pleased about.

Unless the Lakers’ front office changes their minds and decides that they do want to trade Westbrook, new head coach Darvin Ham will certainly have his hands full in making the roster fit.

Given the aging roster that the Lakers currently possess, it certainly looks like things are only going to get worse before they get better unless they make a big move for an impact player this offseason.

[Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter; photo from Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.