Los Angeles Lakers star Russell Westbrook and his longtime Wasserman agent Thad Foucher have split, Foucher told ESPN on Friday night.
In a statement to ESPN, Foucher, one of the league’s prominent player representatives, cited “irreconcilable differences” and suggested there was not a complete consensus with Westbrook over whether the former MVP wanted to stay with the Lakers for his final $47-million season. dollar contract.
Foucher said he believes Westbrook’s “best option is to stay with the Lakers, accept the starting role and the support that Darvin Ham has publicly offered”.
As Westbrook, 33, enters the final season of a five-year contract, his standing with the Lakers is uncertain. Westbrook was the subject of significant trade discussions after an uneven debut season with the Lakers a year ago. Foucher has been his agent since Westbrook left UCLA as a sophomore in 2008 and was drafted #4 overall for the Seattle Sonics, which later became the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In a statement, Foucher said: “I have represented Russell Westbrook for 14 years and I am proud of our partnership which included a highly successful 2008 draft, a Super Max contract and the only renegotiated and renewed Max contract in history comprised. I have also assisted Russell throughout his rise to fame as a fashion industry figure and recently orchestrated three consecutive trades on Russell’s behalf – the highlight being the trade with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers.
“Each time teams gave up valuable players and assets to acquire Russell – and each time a new organization welcomed his arrival. We did it together with grace and class.
“Now, with the possibility of a fourth trade in four years, the market is telling the Lakers to add value with Russell in any trading scenario. And even then, such a trade may require Russell to exit the new team immediately via buyout.
“I believe this type of transaction is only intended to diminish Russell’s value and his best option is to stay with the Lakers, accepting the starting role and support that Darvin Ham has publicly offered. Russell is a first-ballot in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and will prove it again before he retires.
“Unfortunately, irreconcilable differences exist as to his best path forward and we are no longer working together. I wish Russell and his family the very best.”
https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/34250337/russell-westbrook-long-agent-thad-foucher-parting-ways-irreconcilable-differences Russell Westbrook, longtime agent Thad Foucher parting ways over ‘irreconcilable differences’