Russell Westbrook' With the 2022 NBA Finals officially in the books, the trade market is expected to heat up.

Although new Lakers head coach Darvin Ham intends to keep Westbrook

he admitted during his introductory press conference

there's no doubt Rob Pelinka and the rest of the front office will try and get his salary off the books.

The Charlotte Hornets, meanwhile, could be a team that takes the bait.

They need to clear up cap space past the 2022-23 season.

Adding a player like Westbrook for a year and getting rid of Gordon Hayward's and Terry Rozier's contracts could be the play.

The additions of Hayward and Rozier could give the Lakers a few solid rotation options.

But their overall success next season will, as it always does, revolve around the health of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Should the Lakers and Hornets pursue a trade centered on Westbrook