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#pounditSunday, January 16, 2022

Lakers land Russell Westbrook in trade with Wizards

Russell Westbrook

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.

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