Lakers internally blame ‘Clutch Sports’ for Russell Westbrook trade

Generally, when news is leaked in the world of sports reporting, it is because it serves the purpose of profiting from one aspect of the leak. When this previous anonymous report comes out Lakers They complain about “Winning Time”, to the benefit of the former Lakers who clearly don’t like the series. When it was reported that LeBron and Klutch haven’t even discussed an extension with the Lakers yet, it’s to keep pressure on the franchise heading into the off season.

Then there are the rare moments like Wednesday when the leak seems to benefit no one at all.

The Russell Westbrook business will always be a sliding door moment in franchise history. The Lakers turned a title contender into a non-separable team in one big fell swoop by trading them for the mysterious point guard. By all accounts, it was a somewhat shocking misjudgment of talent and decency, among other things.

It’s the kind of bug that leaves the egg on the face of everyone involved, from Rob Pelinka to Kurt Rambis to Jeanie Buss to LeBron James to Anthony Davis and many more. But the Lakers seem focused on shifting that blame away from them and doing so in a self-destructive way.

Eric Pincus’ piece for Wednesday’s Bleacher Report You mentioned that the Lakers are pointing fingers at Kltuch Sports to pressure them to make the trade because peer pressure is real (focus is mine).

At the behest of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the franchise traded in depth for its championship with Russell Westbrook, yet the three stars ended up taking an extended leave after the season ended, and Davis said he would meet with James “for an off-season reassessment. Upstairs, him and I, we talk.” About the season and what we would like to see next season.”

Ideally, their suggestions to the Lakers front desk would be better than a Westbrook acquisition.

But James certainly has a strong influence on the decision-making process of the Lakers. Multiple sources suggest the team’s front office is internally blaming pressure from the Klutch Sports Group (which represents both James and Davis) in favor of Westbrook.

If you’re trying to figure out who might have leaked this, it’s clear that Klutch Sports won’t blame themselves or make it look like they control the franchise. This means that someone from the Lakers leaked this for reasons…?

Ideally, they want to shift the blame from themselves to Klutch for the bargain. But did they do so by seemingly acknowledging that they had no control over their own privilege and decision-making process? Is this a better alternative than simply admitting to making a mistake, which is a huge mistake, when it comes to an existing move?

And when did the Klochs apparently stage their coup to take over the franchise? Was that before or after the Lakers won the title? I imagine there is a good timing that will come into play there if you ask the Lakers.

This all goes against what Rob Pelinka said during his exit interview in which he made it clear He was the sole decision maker with the franchisereferring specifically to neither LeBron nor AD, even if he took their input.

The Lakers can blame Kloch as they want, but that doesn’t stop them from appearing as losers. In the end, they have the final say and the deal doesn’t get executed if they don’t sign it, no matter how much peer pressure they might experience.

Just eat the crow and move on to try and find a way to fix the situation and stop playing the blame game through media leaks.

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