Lakers’ Russell Westbrook Has a New Agent

Russell Westbrook in 2017
Russell Westbrook in 2017. Photo by Stewart Cook/REX/Shutterstock

The Los Angeles Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook found a new agent, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Westbrook is now represented by Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports.

Westbrook parted ways with his longtime agent Thad Foucher in mid-July. The former NBA MVP didn’t detail his decision, but Foucher did offer his version of the breakup.

According to a statement released by Foucher at the time, he and Westbrook disagreed on the “best pathway forward” and how the 33-year-old player’s 2022-23 season should play out. While Foucher didn’t say what Westbrook’s intentions are, he did say that his proposal was for the veteran to remain with the Lakers and accept the role that new head coach Darvin Ham has in mind for him.

Following a disastrous season with the Lakers in 2021-22, Westbrook has been frequently mentioned in trade talks this offseason. However, his $47 million annual salary is proving hard to move, and everything points out that he will remain in LA this upcoming season.

Schwartz has a number of high-profile clients in the NBA, with the most notable being the Denver Nuggets’ superstar Nikola Jokic. Earlier this year, Schwartz secured a five-year, $270M super maximum contract extension for Jokic, which currently stands as the richest contract in NBA.