[Stein] The Lakers continue to signal, at least for now, with training camp three months away, that they don’t want to force a Westbrook trade that costs them additional assets.

> As noted in the main article on LeBron and the expansion, Russell Westbrook’s talk has also been a constant throughout these NBA Finals, especially after new Lakers coach Darvin Ham spoke with so much hope earlier this week about the possibility of reinstating Westbrook after Russ’ first season as a Laker turned so far off the track. Ham’s optimism was naturally met with considerable skepticism, but the Lakers continue to signal, at least for now, with training camp three months away, that they don’t want to force a Westbrook trade that costs them additional assets. > Regarding the long-standing idea that Westbrook could be traded back for Houston’s John Wall, as both would earn nearly identical salaries of $47 million next season, a source briefed on the situation told me this week that interest Houston has always relied on the Lakers to include a compensation draft to sweeten the deal, which LA adamantly refuses to do.

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