The Los Angeles Lakers are preparing for the possibility of retaining Russell Westbrook for the 22-23 season.

Sources tell Sam Amick of The Athletic that prospective coaches have been asked how they would use Westbrook in their system. The takeaway for the coaches has been that maximizing the play of Westbrook is considered an important part of the job.

Westbrook has one season remaining on his contract and trading him would prove difficult without attaching additional compensation to him.

Phil Jackson, who is consulting the Lakers, is known to have an affinity for Westbrook. The Lakers have believed that Frank Vogel didn't put Westbrook in a strong enough position to succeed last season.