Report: Wizards, Lakers in 'serious talks' about Russell Westbrook trade

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By , Audacy Sports

Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and Anthony Davis all played together for the memorable 2012 Team USA basketball squad. Could they all reunite out west?

According to NBA insider Shams Charania, the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers are seriously discussing the possibility. Though much of the offseason drama has centered around the future of Bradley Beal and his many suitors, the first massive announcement as trade season heats up has to do with Beal's back court counterpart.

Charania added the framework of the deal, which involves the Lakers shipping Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and potentially the No. 22 pick in Thursday night's draft to Washington in exchange for the future Hall of Fame point guard. Minutes later, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski provided the same framework.

Woj added that this would be a move made with Bradley Beal's interests in mind, "creating some salary cap flexibility for the future to add talent around him."

Westbrook averaged 22.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and a league-high 11.7 assists during the 2020-21 campaign, and the nine-time All-Star would look to team up with James and Davis to create arguably the biggest powerhouse trio in basketball, rivaling that of the Brooklyn Nets' big three of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving. Westbrook, 32 years old, has two seasons remaining (one a player option) of his five-year, $206.8 million contract.

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