Lakers commerce Russell Westbrook to Jazz, get D’Angelo Russell
The Lakers dramatically modified their roster Wednesday, buying and selling Russell Westbrook to Utah in a three-team deal that can carry again former Laker D’Angelo Russell from the Minnesota Timberwolves and in addition web guard Malik Beasley and ahead Jarred Vanderbilt from the Jazz.
The Lakers additionally will ship a protected 2027 first-round draft choose to the Jazz and a 2024 second-round choose to Minnesota, in accordance with folks accustomed to the deal not licensed to talk publicly.
The Lakers are excited to get younger gamers in Russell, Beasley and Vanderbilt and tackle the capturing points which have plagued all of them season, sources mentioned.
The commerce ends Westbrook’s tenure with the Lakers, a homecoming in Los Angeles that was fraught with accidents to his costars and inconsistent manufacturing from the previous NBA most precious participant.
Russell, whom the Lakers drafted No. 2 total in 2015, is averaging 17.9 factors and 6.2 assists for Minnesota this season. He’s 26 and an unrestricted free agent this summer time after his $31.4-million contract expires.
Of gamers with at the very least 350 three-point makes an attempt this season, Russell has the fifth-best share of makes at 39.1%. Twelfth on that checklist is Beasley, who’s making 35.9% on 8.6 makes an attempt per recreation.
The Lakers can have a $16.5-million crew choice on Beasley, 26, for subsequent season. Vanderbilt, 23, is a strong defender and rebounder whom the Jazz acquired from Minnesota as a part of the Rudy Gobert deal final summer time. In 52 video games, he’s averaging 8.3 factors and seven.9 rebounds in 24.1 minutes.
Westbrook, 34, enters an unsure future after transferring to the bench this season because the Lakers’ sixth man. And although he’s been productive with 15.9 factors, 7.5 assists and 6.2 rebounds per recreation, his effectivity numbers continued to say no.
In Tuesday’s loss to Oklahoma City, Westbrook and assistant Phil Handy had an on-court argument that grew right into a halftime argument with coach Darvin Ham.
Westbrook returned to play within the second half and was aggressive within the crew’s comeback try. He additionally handed the ball to LeBron James for the basket that set the all-time scoring document.
The Lakers (25-30) play the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday at Crypto.com Arena.