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Wizards agree to trade All-Star guard Russell Westbrook to Lakers

Wizards agree to trade All-Star guard Russell Westbrook to Lakers
Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook, shown May 20, 2021, averaged 22.2 points, 11.7 assists and 11.5 rebounds per game this past season. It was the fourth time in his NBA career that he averaged a triple-double in a single season. File Photo by Shawn Thew/EPA-EFE

July 29 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Lakers are acquiring nine-time All-Star guard Russell Westbrook from the Washington Wizards.

League sources told ESPN, The Athletic and the Los Angeles Times on Thursday that the Lakers agreed to trade Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the No. 22 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft to the Wizards in exchange for Westbrook.

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Washington also is sending second-round picks in 2024 and 2028 to the Lakers to complete the deal, ESPN reported.

Harrell opted into his $9.7 million player option for next season, paving the way for the deal between the Lakers and Wizards.

Westbrook will now join Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis in Los Angeles. The 33-year-old Westbrook has averaged a triple-double in a single season four times in his career, including this past season when he averaged 22.2 points, 11.7 assists and 11.5 rebounds per game.

Westbrook, the 2017 NBA Most Valuable Player, will replace Dennis Schroder, who turned down the maximum extension the Lakers were able to offer him during the regular season. Schroder is opting to pursue a more lucrative deal as a free agent this summer.

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Westbrook, who is from Southern California and played collegiately at UCLA, has two years left on his current contract. He is owed $44.2 million next season and $47 million for the 2022-23 campaign.

The trade between the Lakers and Wizards can't become official until Aug. 6, when the salary cap is established.

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