The Los Angeles Lakers have a lot of work to do this offseason. After finishing a pitiful 33-49 and missing the play-in tournament, the Lakers are set to make big changes in the locker room. On top of a coaching searching following the departure of Frank Vogel, many believe the Lakers' roster itself needs retooling. One focal point of proposed changes has been Russell Westbrook and a possible trade or even a buyout.

Throughout the season, many have suggested that Jeanie Buss and Co. trade Westbrook thanks to a 2021-22 season that didn't meet expectations. Russ averaged the third-lowest PPG in his career, and many have placed the blame for the Laker's poor season on him. Westbrook has had a string of bad luck the past few seasons filled with perceived failed relationships with teams and fellow players.

Despite the rumors, reports on LA's head coaching search suggest that Russ could remain with the Lakers for the upcoming season, as noted by Sam Amick of The Athletic. The Lakers' front office has reportedly asked coaching candidates about the prospect of using Westbrook in their system. The focus on Westbrook in these interviews may indicate that Los Angeles plans on running it back with the former MVP, and attempting to maximize his performance and contribution to team success.

Behind all of this is the fact that Phil Jackson is apparently a fan of Westbrook. Jackson is advising the Lakers on their coaching search and has an important voice in the process. This could wind up playing a key role in Russ' future.

Although the future remains uncertain, staying put may end up being the best option for both sides. Westbrook has moved teams in each of the last three season. Giving him some continuity and hiring a coach who is focused on elevating his play could completely change the outlook on the 33-year-old. TIme will tell, but it's possible the NBA sees a resurgence from Westbrook next season.