Wizards’ Russell Westbrook heading to the LA Lakers in blockbuster deal

The LA Lakers and Washington Wizards have agreed on a trade for Russell Westbrook, which would bring him back home to LA. ESPN reports that the Lakers had agreed to send guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, forward Kyle Kuzma, center Montrezl Harrell and the No. 21 pick in this year’s first round to the Washington Wizards for Westbrook. Westbrook reportedly wanted to leave Washington and join LeBron James and Anthony Davis in his hometown of Los Angeles.

The deal marks Westbrook’s third trade in as many seasons after spending 2019-20 in Houston, who traded him to Washington for the 2020-21 season. Prior to that, he spent 11 seasons with Oklahoma City. Westbrook is in the middle of a five-year, $206.8 million contract that he signed with the Thunder. He is scheduled to earn $44 million in 2021-22 with a player option for 2022. During the 2020-21 season in Washington, Westbrook averaged 22.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 11.7 assists per game, helping lead the Wizards to the No. 8 seed in the playoffs.

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