NBA

Russell Westbrook thanks DC after getting traded to LA Lakers

WASHINGTON, DC -  MAY 31: Russell Westbrook #4 of the Washington Wizards looks to shoots a free throw against the Philadelphia 76ers during Round 1, Game 4 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on May 31, 2021 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

The biggest trade of the 2021 NBA draft was between the Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Wizards sent Russell Westbrook to the Lakers, who wanted a third start next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis. In return, the Wizards received Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and draft picks.

Following the trade, Westbrook was quick to express his gratefulness to Washington DC and the Wizards. In his Instagram post, Westbrook described the Wizards as a "stand-up" organization and added that he'd forever be grateful for his experience with the organization.

"Thank you DC! You welcomed my family and I with open arms from day one. 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!"Russell Westbrook to Washington on his Instagram

For Westbrook, this is a premier opportunity to once again compete for the NBA championship. For the Lakers, Westbrook adds a dynamic presence to Anthony Davis and LeBron James, who already won one title for the Lakers in 2020. The Wizards now turn their entire focus to Bradley Beal, who could leave the franchise next season.

Kendrick Perkins is optimistic

Westbrook's former teammate and now ESPN's analysts, Kendrick Perkins, loves the trade between the Lakers and the Wizards. Perkins believes that star players will seamlessly fit alongside one another.

"You can't put three Hall of Famers on the team and say, 'Can they shoot?' or; 'Can they do this?'. They are going to get it done. Both of these guys, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James, are great slashers off the ball. Anthony Davis healthy is still the best big man in the NBA."

"The thing about Russ is that he doesn't give a damn. He's back in his hometown, so you know he's going to play with extra pride. I strongly believe LeBron James is willing to take a backseat and be that third option type guy."Kendrick Perkins voices his support to newly-formed Big 3

The Lakers have just five players under contract for the 2021-22 season. Aside from the aforementioned trio, there's the 36-year-old Marc Gasol and Alfonzo McKinnie. Surely, the Lakers will need to assemble a solid (and cheap) supporting cast in the Free Agency.

However, knowing the strong recruiting skills of LeBron James, signing other players won't be a difficult task for GM Rob Pelinka. After all, playing alongside James, Davis, and Westbrook is a great shot at winning the championship for many veteran players.

Write a comment

3 responses to “Russell Westbrook thanks DC after getting traded to LA Lakers”

  1. […] and Anthony Davis have regularly held down the small and power forward positions. However, with Russell Westbrook entering the fray, that likely has to change. The most predominant concern regarding Westbrook’s addition is about […]

  2. […] and Anthony Davis have regularly held down the small and power forward positions. However, with Russell Westbrook entering the fray, that likely has to change. The most predominant concern regarding Westbrook’s addition is about […]

  3. […] occupé les postes d’attaquants de petite taille et de puissance. Cependant, avec Russell Westbrook entre dans la mêlée, cela doit probablement changer. La préoccupation la plus prédominante concernant l’ajout […]

Leave a Reply

Related posts

checkmark delete