Los Angeles Lakers star Russell Westbrook is now seeking new representation after parting ways with his longtime agent Thad Foucher of Wasserman. Apparently, though, he already has a good idea where he wants to go.
According to NBA insider Quinton Mayo, Westbrook is considering joining powerhouse agency Excel Sports Management, which is considered one of the biggest agencies representing a multitude of high-profile clients. Among the clientele of the agency includes golf icon Tiger Woods, as well as NBA stars Nikola Jokic, CJ McCollum, Blake Griffin and Cade Cunningham.
Hearing that Los Angeles Lakers PG Russell Westbrook is strongly considering signing with Excel Sports Management.
— Quinton Mayo (@RealQuintonMayo) July 19, 2022
Russell Westbrook's name has been all over the headlines since his split with his agent was publicized. Thad Foucher himself event outed the guard and hinted of his desire to leave the Lakers after the chaotic 2021-22 season and all the offseason drama involving him and Kyrie Irving.
In the statement he released, Foucher noted “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the partnership to break.
“Now, with a possibility of a fourth trade in four years, the marketplace is telling the Lakers they must add additional value with Russell in any trade scenario. And even then, such a trade may require Russell to immediately move on from the new team via buyout,” Foucher said.
“My belief is that this type of transaction only serves to diminish Russell’s value and his best option is to stay with the Lakers, embrace the starting role and support that Darvin Ham publicly offered. Russell Westbrook is a first-ballot Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame player and will prove that again before he is retired.”
It remains to be seen what will happen to Westbrook, but given the question marks surrounding his future, getting a new agent is definitely something he wants to finalize first.