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Report: Who Lakers Blame For Russell Westbrook Trade

Russell Westbrook reacts on the floor.

TORONTO, ON - MARCH 18: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates a game-tying basket to send the game into overtime during the second half of their NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena on March 18, 2022 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers' Russell Westbrook experiment was a disaster. But the storied NBA franchise isn't taking full accountability for the decision to acquire the former MVP in a trade.

LeBron James and the agency that represents him, Klutch Sports, reportedly played a key role in the Lakers trading for Westbrook last year. It was nothing new for LeBron, who's reportedly helped shape a number of rosters throughout his career.

Rob Pelinka has the last say in the Lakers' building, though. He was the one to okay the Westbrook trade, regardless of how much pressure LeBron put on him. But Pelinka and the Lakers aren't just blaming themselves for the decision.

According to a report, the Lakers are internally blaming LeBron and Klutch Sports for the Westbrook trade.

"Ideally, their suggestions to the Lakers' front office will be better than acquiring Westbrook," writes Bleacher Reports Eric Pincus. "But James certainly has a strong influence on the Lakers' decision-making. Multiple sources indicate the team's front office is internally blaming pressure from Klutch Sports Group (representing both James and Davis) for Westbrook."

What a disaster. This is the Lakers we're talking about; not some no-name NBA franchise.

Pelinka and Co., meanwhile, may try and reestablish some sort of chain of command this offseason. He can't let LeBron singlehandedly run the show.