During those six seasons, Westbrook established himself as one of the most prolific players in NBA history and averaged a triple-double in each of his final three seasons with the Thunder.
Adams’ rebounding numbers actually trailed Westbrook’s during the aforementioned three seasons, despite the fact that Westbrook plays the guard position.
In November 2020, Adams was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, where he spent one season before being sent to the Grizzlies in August 2021. In his two seasons in a Grizzlies uniform, Adams has averaged 10.2 boards per contest, a number that obviously caught Lee’s attention.
Westbrook’s acquisition was seen by some as a key piece to helping the Lakers make another deep playoff run. Instead, his struggles to establish chemistry with his new teammates and key injuries in the Lakers’ lineup ended with the team not even reaching last year’s playoffs.
Even before the 2021-22 season had ended, the Lakers looked to pull the plug on their deal by trading away Westbrook. However, the combination of his huge salary and what was perceived by some as selfishness on the part of Westbrook resulted in no deal being made.
The Lakers would no doubt like to rid themselves of Westbrook since the team is continuing to struggle this season. Whether any deal happens before the February trade deadline is uncertain.
As far as Adams and the Grizzlies, it doesn’t seem likely that they’d consider adding Westbrook. That’s because, unlike the Lakers, they’re fighting for a top playoff berth in the Western Conference.
At 12-8, the Grizzlies currently have the third-best record in the conference and also already have a superstar guard in place with Ja Morant. To sustain that success, Adams needs to continue to be a force on the boards as the 2022-23 season rolls along