Report: Wizards agree to trade Russell Westbrook to the Lakers

Russell Westbrook
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After some confusion throughout the NBA world on whether or not this deal could be completed before August 6th or if a third team would be involved, Shams Charania of The Athletic has confirmed that the deal has been agreed upon by the Lakers and Wizards. Russell Westbrook will be a Laker.

The deal is as follows:

Original story:

Wow. The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly in “serious talks” with the Washington Wizards on a blockbuster trade for Russell Westbrook. Shams Charania of The Athletic has reported the news, stating that the deal would include Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and possibly the 22nd overall pick of the 2021 NBA Draft.

The pieces of the deal might be the most shocking part, as it was only minutes ago when Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN said that the Lakers were moving towards completing a trade for the Sacramento Kings’ Buddy Hield that involved Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell. Wojnarowski now seems to corroborate Charania’s story, saying the following:

However, Wojnarowski also feels the need to emphasize that this deal for Westbrook is not completed.

This move can put the “Lakers need a third star” conversations to bed, as the team would now have a three-headed monster in LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook. However, Rob Pelinka and the front office will now have to fill out the roster in strategic ways as they now have A LOT of money committed to those three players. Westbrook will make $44 million this upcoming season and $47 million in the 2022-23 season.

If that 22nd overall pick is included, that will leave the Lakers without any picks in tonight’s 2021 NBA Draft.

UPDATE: Brad Turner of the LA Times now seems to indicate that the Lakers may receive a second-round pick in tonight’s draft from the Wizards as part of the trade.

Montrezl Harrell would leave the Lakers after one season with the team. The report of him opting-in to the final year of his contract came only minutes before the report of the Lakers-Wizards trade, as his opt-in was needed for Pelinka to seriously have these discussions.

The deal would take away two valued members of the Lakers’ 2020 NBA Finals championship team in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma. Kuzma was also the longest tenured Lakers player, with that distinction now belonging to Alex Caruso (if he re-signs with the team).

Buckle up, Lakers fans.

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