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If it's a super-team LeBron wanted, it's a super-team he's got.
The Los Angeles Lakers have finally got their man with Russell Westbrook heading to California after the 2020 NBA champions agreed to a mammoth trade with the Washington Wizards.
The deal means LeBron James' Lakers acquire Westbrook, while the Wizards get Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell and the 2021 Draft No. 22 pick.
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the trade is also includes a second-round pick in 2024 and 2028 for the Lakers too.
The Washington Wizards have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook, 2024 second-round pick, 2028 second-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell and No. 22 tonight, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.- Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 30, 2021
The Lakers and Wizards have agreed on the trade for Russell Westbrook, sources tell ESPN.- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 30, 2021
The Lakers were tipped to win back-to-back championships last season, but fell agonisingly short of the lofty expectations bestowed upon them.
Despite boasting a star-studded team which included the likes of Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Kuzma, Markieff Morris, Dennis Schroder, Marc Gasol, Alex Caruso, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and - of course - LeBron James - the yellow side of Los Angeles failed to gel and were ultimately knocked out fo the Western Conference First Round.
Lengthy stints on the sidelines for Davis and LeBron didn't help their cause.
As for Westbrook, he was unable to steer the underdog Wizards to glory in his first season with the team as they were sent packing in Round 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Westbrook's statistics for the 2021 campaign were off the charts once again.
He finished the season with an average of 22.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 11.7 assists per game.
Westbrook also shot 43.9 percent from the field and 31.5 percent from deep.
Incredibly, he still maintains a triple-double average throughout his 13-year career in the NBA.
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