If Westbrook accepted that much of a buyout, would you be bothered by a former player helping the Lakers? I don't think the Pacers make that deal as it's been reported because it benefits the Lakers more than Indiana (IMO). Unless there's some kind of benefit I'm missing here (not a longshot by any means), the only way they'd do it is if Westbrook was giving away a lot of money.The Lakers are actually getting two players that can play while the Pacers are getting Westbrook who will not figure in their plans plus an extra $7 million in salary.
If Westbrook would accept a buyout for the salary difference it wouldn't be as bad for the Pacers.
I dislike any team helping the Lakers.