The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed with the Washington Wizards to amass Russell Westbrook in a three-player commerce, sending Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and the No. 22 choose in Thursday’s 2021 NBA Draft to the Wizards. In line with ESPN, the Wizards are additionally giving up their 2024 and 2028 second-round picks as effectively. Throughout final evening’s draft, at choose No. 22, the Lakers despatched Wildcats’ heart Isaiah Jackson to the Pacers through the Wizards. At choose No. 15, the Wizards drafted Gonzaga ahead Corey Kispert. Within the second spherical, at choose No. 31, the Milwaukee Bucks traded NBA G League participant Isaiah Todd to the Wizards through the Pacers.
On Thursday, Harrell determined to pursue his $9.7 million participant choice for subsequent season. Yesterday, rumors surfaced throughout social media relating to a potential Lakers-Kings commerce involving Harrell. Regardless of the outlandish predictions and senseless hypothesis from followers over these final couple of days, this commerce transfer might work out nice for each groups. Having mentioned that, one individual’s prediction is pretty much as good as anybody’s. The Lakers wanted an correct shooter. Westbrook may not be the lacking piece.
Moreover, Westbrook is a 9-time NBA All-Star and three-time assists chief. In his MVP season again within the 2016-17 season, over the course of 81 video games, he averaged a career-high 31.6 factors, 10.7 rebounds, 10.4 assists, and 1.6 steals per sport. On Twitter, Westbrook tweeted, “I’m blessed to have been part of such a get up group. It didn’t take lengthy to make a house in DC, and I’ll ceaselessly be grateful and appreciative of my expertise with the group. Thanks!”
I’m blessed to have been part of such a get up group. It didn’t take lengthy to make a house in DC, and I’ll ceaselessly be grateful and appreciative of my expertise with the group. Thanks! #thedistrict
— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) July 30, 2021
Within the 2020-21 NBA season, Caldwell-Pope averaged 9.7 factors, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per sport in 67 video games began for the Lakers. The 28-year-old taking pictures guard will make $13 million subsequent season. As for Kuzma, in 68 video games performed final season, he averaged 12.9 factors, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per sport. Kuzma is ready to earn $13 million subsequent season. For Harrell, in 69 video games performed final season, he averaged 13.5 factors, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per sport. The six-foot-seven energy ahead/heart can also be a six-year participant. As an alternative of getting one or two notable tremendous stars, the Wizards having a number of contributing gamers may work out higher of their favor.
Final season, in 65 video games performed in his solely season spent on the Wizards, Westbrook averaged 22.2 factors, 11.5 rebounds, and 11.7 assists. The 32-year-old level guard completed the 2020-21 season with 38 triple-doubles, rating first within the league and second highest in his personal taking part in profession. Westbrook additionally surpassed Oscar Robertson final season for essentially the most all-time assists; Robertson accrued 181 triple-doubles in 14 seasons. Now, the two-time NBA scoring champion has 184 profession triple-doubles, essentially the most all-time for any participant. Moreover, that is Westbrook’s fourth workforce in his NBA profession.
He’s the fifth former MVP in league historical past to play on 4 totally different groups over the course of 4 seasons or much less, including to the existent record of Bob McAdoo, Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Derrick Rose. Furthermore, on December 2, 2020, Westbrook was traded by the Houston Rockets to the Wizards for John Wall and a 2023 first-round draft choose. He’s set to earn $44.2 million within the upcoming season. His participant choice for the 2022-23 season is $47 million. This commerce deal won’t be official till August sixth.
Per Bovada’s NBA Futures odds, the Lakers now have +300 odds of successful their eighteenth championship within the 2021-22 season. It is a transfer from 4/1 odds earlier than the commerce, leaping the Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors, they usually now have the second finest odds behind the Brooklyn Nets (+250). Westbrook additionally has the very best odds of main the league in assists subsequent season, with first place odds exhibiting EVEN. He’s forward of James Harden (+150), Trae Younger (+450), and Luka Doncic (+600). With +6600 odds, he additionally ranks nineteenth within the NBA for subsequent season’s MVP odds, trailing Lakers’ teammates comparable to James (+1200) and Davis (+2800).