Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards reacts prior to enjoying versus the Denver Nuggets at Capital One particular Arena on February 17, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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The Washington Wizards have agreed to ship superstar Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers for three players and what was the variety 22 select in Thursday night’s NBA draft, The Athletic and ESPN have documented.
In addition to the initial-spherical pick, the Wizards are acquiring Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell, for every the experiences.
With the variety 22 pick Washington selected Isaiah Jackson, a shot-blocking centre out of Kentucky but later traded him to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for the 31st decide and place guard Aaron Holiday break – brother of NBA champion with the Milwaukee Bucks, Jrue.
At 31 the Wizards then selected Isaiah Todd, a 19-12 months-old electrical power ahead who chose forgo college and play in the NBA’s G-League, exactly where he averaged 12.3 factors and 4.9 rebounds for each game for the Ignite.
The Wizards are also sending their 2024 2nd-round select and 2028 second-spherical decide on to the Lakers along with Westbrook, who is returning household to California. The Lengthy Seaside indigenous performed his school ball at UCLA before currently being drafted fourth in general in 2008.
Westbrook averaged a triple-double in 2020-21 with 22.2 factors, 11.7 helps and 11.5 rebounds in his very first season with the Wizards. It was the fourth time in his career the stage guard has averaged a triple-double for a year and he at the moment retains the all-time triple-double report with 184, getting overtaken Oscar Robertson (181) in May perhaps.
The 9-time All Star, 9-time All-NBA assortment and 2017 Most Beneficial Participant joins LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the most recent ‘super team’ in the league. He also turns into the seventh former MVP to be acquired by the Lakers just after Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bob McAdoo, Karl Malone, Steve Nash and James himself.
In return, the Wizards get three gamers who blended to normal 36.1 details for every recreation in 2020-21.
Harrell, who was awarded Sixth Gentleman of the Year in 2020, averaged 13.5 in his 1st year with the Lakers, while Kuzma averaged 12.9 and Caldwell-Pope 9.7 in their fourth seasons in L.A. All a few gamers are nevertheless in their 20s.
Westbrook joins his third workforce by means of trade in a few a long time – the to start with previous MVP to do so – immediately after investing 11 seasons of his NBA vocation in Oklahoma Metropolis. He holds occupation averages of 23.2 factors, 8.5 assists and 7.4 rebounds.
A handful of hrs soon after the trade was verified, the 32-calendar year-aged took to Twitter to share his appreciation for the Wizards franchise.
“Thank you DC! You welcomed my household and I with open up arms from day one particular,” he wrote. “Everybody from the entrance business, to the coaching personnel, the coaches, my teammates, and the lovers. I’m grateful y’all took a probability on me and supported me just about every step of the way.”
“I’m blessed to have been a part of these a stand up corporation. It did not get very long to make a home in DC, and I will without end be grateful and appreciative of my working experience with the organization. Thank you!”