What will the Wizards Get in Return from the Russell Westbrook Trade? Why did the Lakers decide to trade for Russell Westbrook?
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Wizards Send Russell Westbrook to Lakers in 4-Player Deal
Russell Westbrook, Former MVP & 9-Time All-Star, Traded to Lakers in 4-Player Deal
Not long before the 2021 NBA Draft was set to begin, it appears that one lucky team received a star player. ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski first reported that the Washington Wizards have traded PG Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Wizards will receive the following in return from Los Angeles: C Montrezl Harrell, F Kyle Kuzma, SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and the #22 pick in the 2021 Draft (F Isaiah Jackson). However, Jackson was eventually dealt to the Indiana Pacers.
Why Did the Wizards Trade Russell Westbrook?
Washington decided to trade the former MVP due to his pending free agency. Westbrook will hit the market following the conclusion of the 2022-2023 season. Also, the Wizards are adding new pieces to build around Bradley Beal. For instance, Washington fired head coach Scott Brooks after five years and replaced him with ex-Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr. Meanwhile, the Lakers acquired the former MVP to improve the team’s championship chances. Despite winning the NBA Championship in 2020, Los Angeles was knocked out of the 1st round by the Phoenix Suns a year later. With Westbrook in the fold for the Lakers, he will join forces with Los Angeles’ top players like LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
What Was His Tenure with Washington Like?
Russell Westbrook was traded to the Wizards as part of the deal that sent PG John Wall to the Rockets during the 2020-2021 season. Even though his time with the Wizards was short-lived, he guided Washington to one playoff appearance in 2021. For the 2020-2021 season with the Wizards, he scored 22.2 points per game along with 11.5 rebounds per game and 11.7 assists per game.
The Players Involved in the 2021 NBA Summer Trade
Lakers Receive-1 Player
- #4 Overall Pick (1st Round) by the SuperSonics in the 2008 NBA Draft
- Made NBA Debut for Oklahoma City in 2008
- Played for Thunder (2008-2019), Rockets (2019-2020), and Wizards (2020-2021)
- 2016-2017 NBA MVP
- 9-Time All-Star
- Guided Oklahoma City to 2012 NBA Finals
- 10 Playoff Appearances with Thunder, Rockets, and Wizards
- 4 Western Conference Finals Appearances
- Career Postseason Stats: 24.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 7.9 APG
- 23.2 Career PPG
- 7.4 Career RPG
- 8.5 Career APG
Wizards Receive-3 Players and 1 Draft Pick
- #32 Overall Pick (2nd Round) by the Rockets in the 2015 NBA Draft
- Made NBA Debut for Houston in 2015
- Played for Rockets (2015-2017), Clippers (2017-2020), and Lakers (2020-2021)
- 6th Man of the Year During 2019-2020 Season
- 5 Playoff Appearances with Rockets, Clippers, and Lakers
- Career Postseason Stats: 9.2 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.7 APG
- 12.8 Career PPG
- 5.2 Career RPG
- 1.3 Career APG
- #27 Overall Pick (1st Round) by the Nets in the 2017 NBA Draft
- Traded to Lakers in 2017 as part of the D’Angelo Russell Deal
- Made NBA Debut for L.A. Lakers in 2017
- 2020 NBA Champion
- 2 Playoff Appearances with Los Angeles
- Career Postseason Stats: 9.1 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.9 APG
- 15.2 Career PPG
- 5.6 Career RPG
- 1.9 Career APG
- #8 Overall Pick (1st Round) by the Pistons in the 2013 NBA Draft
- Made NBA Debut for Detroit in 2013
- Played for Pistons (2013-2017) and Lakers (2017-2021)
- Won 2020 NBA Championship
- 3 Playoff Appearances with Pistons and Lakers
- Career Postseason Stats: 10.6 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 0.8 APG
- 9.6 Career PPG
- 2.5 Career RPG
- 1.5 Career APG
- #22 Overall Pick (1st Round) by the Lakers in the 2021 NBA Draft
- Played College Basketball at Kentucky
- Later Traded to Indiana Pacers
- 8.4 Career PPG
- 6.6 Career RPG
- 0.7 Career APG
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