The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired star guard Russell Westbrook and three future second-round picks from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Kuzma, and the draft rights to Isaiah Jackson, it was announced today.
“It takes a special mentality of competitiveness to take on the role of point guard for The Los Angeles Lakers,” said Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Rob Pelinka. “We have seen some of the all-time greats master that role here, and now Russell Westbrook gets to come home and do just that. This is a very proud day for our franchise, and we are incredibly grateful. We welcome Russell and his family to Lakers Nation.”
In 65 games last season, Westbrook notched 22.2 points, a league-leading and career-best 11.7 assists, and a career-high 11.5 rebounds for the Wizards.