This Washington Wizards Has been reluctant to trade star Bradley Beal. Obviously the same cannot be said to Russell Westbrook.
According to multiple reports, Thursday Wizards A deal is about to be completed to send Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for forward Kyle Kuzma, center Monterey Zel Harrell, Kentavios Caldwell Pope and the 2021 first-round draft right.
This deal will Westbrook already his Hometown after only one season Wizards get he For point guard John Wall.This Wizards Less than 0.500 (34-38), but Westbrook Praised his Period leadership his Short term. he Last season averaged 22.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 11.7 assists-breaking Oscar Robertson’s triple-double record.
for Wizards, This move will build some financial flexibility around Beal because Westbrook The next season’s revenue is 44.2 million U.S. dollars, and there are 47.1 million U.S. dollars player options in the 2022-23 season. Kuzma’s contract will last until at least 2023, but he can only earn $13 million per season-and Harrell’s $9.7 million contract expires next season. Caldwell-Pope can be dismissed after the 2021-22 season, with a ceiling of $4.9 million.
Perhaps more importantly, all three contracts are tradable-giving Washington the ability to re-adjust the lineup more in the near future.
Reports that the deal has not yet been completed came a few hours before the NBA draft on Thursday, the same day it was reported that the Washington Nationals were about to conclude a deal to trade Max Scherzer to the San Diego Padres.
This Wizards If completed, they will hold the 15th and 22nd picks.
The Bleacher Report reported that due to the salary cap, the transaction will not be officially completed until August 6. ESPN first fully reported the news.
News comes Wizards Deal with rumors that Bill is “seriously considering” his future with the team. Bill, the third overall pick in 2012, can become a free agent next season as soon as possible. The team has long coveted the defender’s scoring ability.According to reports, Bill is upset about this. WizardsDuring the coach search process, I was dissatisfied that Philadelphia assistant Sam Cassel did not get a second interview.This Wizards Instead, Wes Unseld Jr. was hired.
General manager Tommy Sheppard (Tommy Sheppard) tried to eliminate these rumors at Wednesday’s pre-draft press conference-calling this kind of chatter “external noise.” He said that Bill did not ask for a deal.
At the same time, the Lakers will become Westbrook’s fourth team in multiple seasons. The 32-year-old former MVP is arguably the most polarized player in the NBA. Together with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers hope to win again after a disappointing first-round exit last spring. champion.
For some people, Westbrook Seen as a player who pursues data and is inefficient, his aggressive basketball style does not translate into a playoff victory. But the nine-time All-Star man is loved by others-including former teammates-who praised Westbrook for his leadership and dedication.
Westbrook said he Don’t care what critics think, tell reporters during the season heEven the champion he Did not actually win the championship.although Westbrook Only played 65 games on behalf of Washington, his The tenure produced memorable, even historic moments. his The games in the first half of the season helped Wizards With Westbrook’s triple-double in the process, he entered the playoffs as the eighth seed.
On May 10, Westbrook surpassed Robertson’s career triple-double with 162 times. His current record is 184 times.
“I just want to come to a place, change the culture, bring my energy and leadership, and make the people here better,” Westbrook Said last month. “And I think I can do this to make the players better, better players, better people, better basketball players. Then I can bear it. The result is always fighting as much as possible, this That’s what we did. I can tolerate people leaving it on the floor every night. I’m fine.”
Now, he may have to adapt to a new team again.