Over the past few days, there had been rumblings that the Los Angeles Lakers would try to acquire Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook, and on Thursday, those talks reportedly became a reality ahead of the NBA draft.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski both reported that the Wizards will send Westbrook and two future second-round picks to the Lakers in exchange for a big haul that includes former Utah Ute Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell and the 22nd pick in Thursday’s draft.
BREAKING - Russell Westbrook is heading to the Lakers, sources tell @ShamsCharania.— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) July 30, 2021
Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the 22nd pick are going to Washington in exchange for Russ, a 2024 second-round pick and a 2028 second-round pick. pic.twitter.com/gpBJZfvvYP
The trade will unite Westbrook with LeBron James and Anthony Davis but leaves the supporting cast very thin.
It was a wild afternoon for Kuzma, as Wojnarowski had originally reported that he was going to be traded to the Sacramento Kings as part of a package that would have landed the Lakers sharpshooter Buddy Hield.
The Wizards now have some more solid players around guard Bradley Beal, whose future with the franchise has been in question for quite sometime, and especially so over the past few days.