NBA World Reacts To Russell Westbrook Trade Rumor

With the NBA offseason beginning

Russell Westbrook is poised to enter the spotlight as a frequent subject of trade rumors.

Marc Stein said the Charlotte Hornets may have interest in the point guard.

In his recent mock draft, The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor said that intrigue is "real."

"Though Westbrook makes little sense as a player next to [LaMelo] Ball

he does have an expiring contract

and the Hornets could be dropping the bag for restricted free agent Miles Bridges

plus LaMelo Ball’s extension is around the corner," O'Connor wrote.

"It's a good time to move some other long-term salary for an expiring deal in Russ."

If not for his expiring contract, Westbrook would be a tough sell.

He averaged his fewest points per game (18.5) since 2009-10 for a team that went 33-49.

Westbrook will make a lofty $47 million during his 15th NBA season.

As one fan noted, the Lakers and Hornets have a connection.

Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak used to hold the same position for the Lakers

so perhaps he's more amenable to negotiating with his former organization.