Westbrook has been traded to the Lakers, along with two future second-round picks, in exchange for Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell and the No. 22 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Earlier Thursday, the Lakers were rumored to be acquiring Buddy Hield from Sacramento, but the tide quickly shifted in favor of Westbrook heading home to the West Coast to team up with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. On paper, Westbrook is a questionable, at best, fit on one of the worst shooting teams in the league last season, but he'll bring much-needed playmaking to supplement James and Davis -- both of whom battled injuries at key junctures in 2020-21. After a slow start to the year in Washington, Westbrook cranked up his production over the second half of the season and finished as the NBA's assists leader for the third time in four seasons. Across 65 appearances, Westbrook averaged 22.2 points, 11.7 assists, 11.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals, but he shot just 31.5 percent from three and matched his career-worst percentage (65.6 percent) at the free-throw line.