In addition to the first-round pick, the Washington Wizards are receiving Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell, per the reports. With the number 22 pick Washington selected Isaiah Jackson, a shot-blocking center out of Kentucky but later traded him to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for the 31st pick and point guard Aaron Holiday, brother of NBA champion with the Milwaukee Bucks, Jrue.
However, at 31, the Wizards then selected Isaiah Todd, a 19-year-old power forward who chose forgo college and play in the NBA’s G-League, where he averaged 12.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Ignite.
The Wizards are also sending their 2024 second-round pick and 2028 second-round pick to the Lakers along with Westbrook, who is returning home to California. The Long Beach native played his college ball at UCLA before being drafted fourth overall in 2008.
Meanwhile, Westbrook averaged a triple-double in 2020-21 with 22.2 points, 11.7 assists and 11.5 rebounds in his first season with the Wizards. It was the fourth time in his career the point guard has averaged a triple-double for a season and he currently holds the all-time triple-double record with 184, having overtaken Oscar Robertson (181) in May.
The nine-time All Star, nine-time All-NBA selection and 2017 Most Valuable Player joins LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the newest ‘super team’ in the league. He also becomes the seventh former MVP to be acquired by the Lakers after Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bob McAdoo, Karl Malone, Steve Nash and James himself.
A few hours after the trade was confirmed, the 32-year-old Westbrook took to Twitter to share his appreciation for the Wizards franchise.
“Thank you DC! You welcomed my family and I with open arms from day one,” he wrote. “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!”