The Los Angeles Lakers have reached a deal to acquire Russell Westbrook, sending 3-player package and pick to Washington Wizards.
The russell westbrook news is the latest in a series of moves that has seen the Los Angeles Lakers acquire Russell Westbrook. The deal sends 3-player package and pick to Washington Wizards.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a deal with the Washington Wizards to acquire Russell Westbrook in return for Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and the No. 22 selection in Thursday night’s NBA draft.
According to insiders, the Wizards will transfer second-round selections in 2024 and 2028 to the Lakers to complete the transaction.
According to the Athletic, the Wizards traded the No. 22 selection to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for point guard Aaron Holiday, Jrue Holiday’s younger brother and current NBA champion. The Pacers selected Kentucky forward Isaiah Jackson with that selection.
On Thursday, Harrell exercised his $9.7 million player option for next season, clearing the door for the Westbrook deal.
According to Wojnarowski, the Lakers held discussions with the Sacramento Kings about a potential Buddy Hield trade including Kuzma and Harrell, but eventually chose Westbrook.
Westbrook will join LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers in bringing a nine-time All-Star point guard to the club. Westbrook, who turns 33 in November, has four times in his career averaged a triple-double, including this season. He gives the Lakers two of the top five triple-double scorers in NBA history: Westbrook has 184 and James has 99.
Westbrook will play for the fourth time in as many seasons with the Lakers. According to Elias Sports Bureau analysis, he will be the sixth former MVP to play for four different teams in four seasons or less, following Bob McAdoo, Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson, and Derrick Rose.
Last December, the Wizards acquired Westbrook from the Rockets as part of the John Wall trade. He averaged 22.2 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 11.7 assists in his one and only season in Washington, while shooting only 43.9 percent from the field and 31.5 percent from outside the arc.
While the trade won’t be official until August 6, when the salary cap is finalized, Westbrook said his goodbyes to D.C. via social media Thursday night.
To the Lakers Russell Westbrook is a basketball player who plays for the Oklahoma $44.2 million in 2021-22 $47.1 million in 2022-23 (P) To the White House Kyle Kuzma is an American basketball player who plays for the Los Angeles La $13 million in 2021-22 $13 million in 2022-23 $13 million in 2023-24 Harrell, Montrezl $9.7 million in 2021-22 Caldwell-Pope, Kentavious $13 million in 2021-22 $14 million ($4.9 million guaranteed) in 2022-23 Bobby Marks of ESPN
“Thank you very much, DC! From the beginning, you embraced my family and myself with open arms “he wrote “Everyone involved, from the front office to the training staff, coaches, players, and supporters. I’m thankful that you took a chance on me and have been there for me every step of the way. I consider myself fortunate to have been a member of such a forward-thinking company. It didn’t take long for me to feel at home in DC, and I will be eternally thankful for the opportunity to work for the organization. Thank you very much! #thedistrict.”
The Lakers may benefit from Westbrook’s playmaking abilities. In 2020-21, Los Angeles was 18th in points per game generated via assists. Alongside the exception of the year he spent in Houston with James Harden, Westbrook has led the NBA in that statistic in three of the last four seasons.
Dennis Schroder was the Lakers’ point guard last season, but he declined the maximum contract the team could give him during the regular season in order to seek a more lucrative free agency deal this summer.
Westbrook, who grew up in Southern California and attended UCLA, has shown interest in returning to his hometown, according to sources. He’ll get $44.2 million this season, and the Westbrook-James-Davis three will make $121 million in 2021-22, which is less than 19 whole teams will make in free agency.
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According to Wojnarowski, the trade was done with Bradley Beal in mind, and it provides some salary-cap flexibility for the future in order to add talent around the star guard. Beal is approaching the last year of his deal and will be a free agency next summer.
In 2022-23, the transaction would free up more than $25 million in space for Washington.
The deal’s announcement had an immediate effect on bookmakers. At Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill, the Lakers went from 4-1 to +350 to win the NBA title, while at BetMGM, they went from 5-1 to 4-1. The Brooklyn Nets are +225 to win the championship.
Meanwhile, Westbrook remains the +110 favorite to win the NBA assist title.
This story was based on information from ESPN’s Bobby Marks and David Purdum.
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