The NBA is like that. A place where, for better or for worse, things that are as incredible as they are inexplicable, as real as they are unrealistic, as surreal as they are tachycardic, occur. Nobody knows why or how, but there is the surprise movement. One that is going to give a lot to talk about and that is going to cover the covers for a whole summer, in which it seems difficult for there to be something of such significance. Unless people like Chris Paul decide, and it doesn’t seem like it, that their place is far from Arizona. For now, these are the data; or rather, the fact: Russell Westbrook heads to the Lakers and will share a team with LeBron James and Anthony Davis next season. A surprise transfer that has been increasing in volume in recent hours and that represents the union of three stars of the best League in the world in the largest franchise of the 21st century and, why not, also of the history of the competition.
The Lakers and Wizards have agreed on the trade for Russell Westbrook, sources tell ESPN.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 30, 2021
The transfer, whose first rumors Shams Charania has advanced (of course) and which Adrian Wojnarowski has definitively announced (for a change) has been completed as follows: Westbrook leaves the Wizards, who also release two second rounds, corresponding to the drafts of 2024 and 2028. For their part, the Lakers part with a batch that includes Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, in addition to the first round of this draft, number 22. A substantial and substantial litter That causes two things: that the Wizards get rid of the 44 million that Westbrook is going to collect in 2021-22, and of the 47 corresponding to the player option of the following season. And that the Angelenos say goodbye to two important pillars of the 2020 ring (Kuzma and KCP) and, in the case of Kuzma, to the last stronghold of the generation that arrived after Kobe Bryant, and that has been used to obtain transfers through of which key players have arrived, mainly Anthony Davis.
The draft has always been a night when managers do their homework behind the scenes, sharpen their weapons for higher picks, or sell their own for a handsome prize. In recent days, it was Buddy Hield (Sacramento Kings) who was ringing for the Angelenos, whose experiment with Dennis Schröder has not gone as expected and they were planning to get a point guard. The possibility of Chris Paul ending up in Hollywood also sounded, very far away, especially after Magic Johnson hinted at such a possibility seconds after the Finals ended. But neither one nor the other have ended up in the Lakers, who are made with the services of a Westbrook only half valued, but who wanted to leave Washington after a season forged with a play-in victorious and a historyless first round against the Sixers. And also, of course, a stagnant project.