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Lakers trade for Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook trade

The Los Angeles Lakers have completed a trade for 2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook. The trade reportedly consists of Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and a 2021 first round draft choice in return for Westbrook and second round picks in 2024 and 2028.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported rumors of the Russell Westbrook trade on Thursday afternoon via his Twitter account.

Westbrook became the NBA’s all time leader in triple-doubles during the 2021 season. He has averaged a triple double in four out of the last five seasons, missing the mark during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season in which he played only 57 games.

In addition to his MVP award, Westbrook has been an All-Star nine times, been selected to the First Team All-NBA twice, won two scoring titles and led the league in assists three times. He also won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics with the USA Men’s National Team.

Westbrook, a former UCLA Bruin, will now join LeBron James in Los Angeles as the Lakers seek out their 18th NBA Championship.

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