Lakers land Russell Westbrook in trade with Wizards
The big rumor from the offseason indeed came true: the Los Angeles Lakers made a trade for Russell Westbrook.
The Lakers and Washington Wizards struck a deal on Thursday that sends the former MVP point guard to the Lakers.
Montrezl Harrell opted in to his contract for just under $10 million next season. He, Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were sent to the Wizards as part of the deal. The Lakers’ first-round pick this year was included as part of the trade.
We noted in June that the Instagram activity of Westbrook’s wife indicated a potential recruitment push. Then a recent rumor said the Lakers were targeting Westbrook and Chris Paul. Now we know these rumors were indeed legitimate.
Westbrook is under contract for $44 million next season and $47 million the following season.