On July 30, according to US reporters, the Lakers and the Wizards have officially reached a transaction agreement, sending Russell Westbrook, the second round signing in 2024 and the second round signing in 2028 to the Lakers in exchange for Kyle Kuzma, Kenta wells claddeville Pope, Montez Harrell and the first round signing of this year on the 22nd.
The deal will take effect after the opening of the free market on August 6.
LeBron James joined the Lakers for two seasons and finally got the third big three team in his career.
For the Lakers who need to compete for the championship immediately, they need a star, that is, combat power. Although Westbrook has never won the championship before, his output is strong enough to have a chance to reduce LeBron’s pressure on the ball holding organization and become another starting point for the Lakers.
Westbrook averaged 22.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 11.7 assists last season. Kuzma, pop and Harrell averaged 36.1 points, 15 rebounds and 4.9 assists.
With a total salary of about 130 million, the Lakers can still sign their free agents, such as Caruso and tucker. They also have 5.9 million middle-class exceptions and veteran base salary exceptions.
For the wizards, they are already in the reconstruction period. Using Westbrook’s big contract for multiple chips (also known as combat power) undoubtedly brings more flexibility to the management.
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