Russell Westbrook Coming off Lakers Bench Is Not a 'Demotion,' Darvin Ham Says

Darvin Ham informed reporters before Friday's last preseason game against the Sacramento Kings that Russell Westbrook's benching is not a "demotion."

Ham called it a "realignment" and said Westbrook might start.

Westbrook's expected role on the bench for the Lakers' last preseason game is not entirely unexpected.

According to ESPN, he might be the team's sixth man to start the season.

Westbrook has started all but 17 games in his 14-year career, including 17 with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Lakers sought to trade the 33-year-old throughout the summer, but his $47 million contract for 2022-23 

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