Russell Westbrook’s skills as a professional basketball player speaks for themselves. This is because he is a nine-time NBA All-Star and earned the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for the 2016–17 season. However, it seems his time as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers has come to an end as he has been traded to the Utah Jazz.
After a long time, Los Angeles Lakers have officially brought an end to Russell Westbrook’s stint with the team, as they have completed a trade that will see the superstar point guard join the Utah Jazz, in a three-team deal that also involves the Minnesota Timberwolves.
According to Shams Charania, the Lakers are trading Russell Westbrook and a protected first-round pick in 2027 (protected 1-4) to the Utah Jazz in exchange for D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, and Jarred Vanderbilt.
As part of the three-team trade, Utah’s Mike Conley Jr. will be heading to Minnesota to join Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Rudy Gobert, along with a second-round pick.
The Lakers acquired Russell Westbrook in a trade with the Washington Wizards in 2021. The trade saw Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope being sent to Washington in exchange for the 2017 NBA Most Valuable Player.
Russell Westbrook’s final game with the Lakers took place on Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was a historic night, as LeBron James surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.
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