Russell Westbrook met with LeBron James and Anthony Davis some two weeks ago at the house of James to discuss the possibility of playing together with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times. That was not welcome news to social media.
“They talked about putting their egos aside and playing as one in their quest to bring the Lakers another NBA championship,” Turner wrote, via the Los Angeles Times. “Westbrook talked about how his only intention was winning and coming back home to Los Angeles to become a champion.”
James and Davis also discussed potentially changing their positions for the 2021-22 season. On top of that, Westbrook reportedly said he would be comfortable playing off the ball when James is leading the way offensively, which is something he did with the Houston Rockets when he deferred to James Harden at times.
On Draft day, the Lakers and Washington Wizards agreed to a trade that would send Westbrook and second-round picks in 2024 and 2028 to L.A. for Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the No. 22 overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft.
Here’s how the news was handled on Twitter:
By acquiring Westbrook, the Lakers have put together their version of a “Big Three” in hopes of bouncing back from last season’s first-round playoff exit to the Phoenix Suns. The team now boasts a four-time NBA MVP and four-time NBA Finals MVP in LeBron, an eight-time All-Star in Davis and a nine-time All-Star and one-time NBA MVP in Westbrook.
Westbrook has now averaged a triple-double in four of the past five seasons, including last season when he put up 22.2 points, 11.7 assists and 11.5 rebounds per contest for Washington.