Russell Westbrook returns home – and he joins LeBron James.
The Los Angeles Lakers acquired Westbrook, a 2024 second-round pick and 2028 second-round pick from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell and the No.22 pick in the Washington Wizards’ draft. NBA 2021, according to Athleticism.
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Westbrook, who is a nine-time All-Star and the NBA’s all-time triple-double leader with 184, will make $ 44 million next season.
Lakers legend Magic Johnson responded on Twitter when the story broke the news cycle.
“With Westbrook joining LeBron and AD, the Lakers now have their version of the Big 3. All we need now is a few shooters and we’ll be hard to beat !! Johnson wrote.
Last season, Westbrook averaged 22.2 points, 11.7 assists and 11.5 rebounds for the Wizards (34-38) and led them to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. They were ultimately eliminated by the No.1 Philadelphia 76ers 4-1 in the first round of the playoffs.
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Now, Westbrook will join James and superstar forward Anthony Davis in forming their own “Big 3” for Los Angeles.
The Lakers – who won the NBA title in the Orlando bubble in 2020 – were knocked out by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs this year and struggled down the home stretch with James and Davis missing the major part of the second half of the regular season due to injury.