It was revealed earlier in the week that the Los Angeles Lakers have had discussions about potentially trading away Russell Westbrook. The Philadelphia 76ers were one of the teams that were identified as a possible trade partner with Ben Simmons reportedly on LA's watch list.
More details about the Lakers' discussion with the Sixers have now emerged. According to NBA insider Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, LA has indeed been in contact with Philly about a potential Westbrook-Simmons swap:
“The only outgoing call I confirmed was to Philadelphia for Ben Simmons,” Fischer said, via Michael Scotto of HoopsHype. “When I got the information that they called about Ben, the conversation pretty much was, ‘We’re interested in Ben. How would we get there?' The obvious solution is Russell Westbrook. He’s not a player on that Sixers list that they have.”
This all but confirms the Lakers' intention to ship off Westbrook, who hasn't really been a great fit for the team early in the season. The bad news here is that the Sixers have shown zero interest in acquiring the former league MVP in exchange for Simmons.
This could mean that the Lakers are still shopping Westbrook around as they look for any potential takers. It would not be surprising if LA ends up lowering its asking price on the 33-year-old as the trade deadline approaches.