Lakers’ Russell Westbrook says he will ‘focus on competing’ and ignore trade rumors

Even as the Lakers opened their preseason Monday night, questions about Russell Westbrook’s future with the organization continued to be asked.

After yet another story detailing a potential Westbrook trade — again about a Buddy Hield and Myles Turner deal 

Westbrook and Lakers coach Darvin Ham discussed the former MVP’s place within the organization.

“I’m super blessed and thankful for what I have and what I’ve been given,” he told The Times following Monday’s preseason opener.

“I’ve got an unbelievable support system, family, leaning on my faith. Everything else will take care of itself. So, all summer, my whole life, I’ve been hearing the stories about myself. 

That’s not going to change today. So, nothing new for me. I’m going to continue to keep my head down, focus on competing. And everything else will take care of itself.”

Westbrook, like LeBron James and Anthony Davis, only played in the first half Monday. 

The Lakers led the Kings by five at the half before being blown out in the second half.