Shams Charania of the Athletics reported hours ahead of the NBA draft night on Thursday that Russell Westbrook is heading to the Los Angeles Lakers from the Washington Wizards.
Charania explained that the point guard was traded for Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Los Angeles’ No. 22 draft pick.
Prior to draft night, Westbrook wrote on Twitter: “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.
“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.”
Westbrook had two years left in his Wizards’ contract, with the second season being a player option.
Throughout the 2020-21 season, he averaged 22.2 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 11.7 assists per game