Los Angeles Lakers Acquire Russell Westbrook In Reported Trade

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31: Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards reacts prior to the game against the Brooklyn Nets at Capital One Arena on January 31, 2021 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers Acquire Russell Westbrook In Reported Trade

The L.A. native will play alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

UPDATED ON : JULY 30, 2021 / 02:53 PM

Written by BET Staff

NBA star Russell Westbrook is reportedly headed to L.A.

Reports came out Thursday (July 29) that the Long Beach native has been traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Multiple reports say that the Washington Wizards and the  Lakers have agreed on a trade that involves Westbrook and several key Lakers players, according to Yahoo! Sports.

The Lakers will reportedly send Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, and the No. 22 pick in this year's draft to the Wizards for Westbrook, a 2024 second-round draft pick and 2028 second-round draft pick.

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Westbrook, 33, reportedly wants to leave Washington and return to his hometown to play alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. 

The Lakers would be the nine-time All-Star point guard’s fourth team in four seasons, according to ESPN. He is in the middle of a five-year, $206.8 million contract that he signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and he’s scheduled to earn $44 million in 2021-22 with a player option for 2022.

Westbrook posted a goodbye to Washington D.C. on Instagram Thursday night. “Thank you DC! You welcomed my family and I with open arms from day one. Everyone from the front office, to the training staff, the coaches, my teammates, and the fans. I’m grateful y’all took a chance on me and supported me every step of the way,” he wrote.

He continued, “I’m blessed to have been a part of such a stand up organization. It didn’t take long to make a home in DC, and I will forever be grateful and appreciative of my experience with the organization. Thank you! #thedistrict.”

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