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Russell Westbrook is reportedly headed to the Lakers, and Kyle Kuzma is getting traded for him

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma scores on a breakaway dunk against the Orlando Magic
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma scores on a breakaway dunk against the Orlando Magic during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 28, 2021, in Los Angeles.
Marcio Jose Sanchez, Associated Press

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.

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.