LeBron James Reacts to Los Angeles Lakers Acquiring Former MVP Russell Westbrook in a Massive NBA Draft Night Trade

Published 07/30/2021, 12:14 AM EDT


The Lakers’ had a season to forget last season. With woeful three point shooting and a clear lack of a playmaker apart from LeBron James, the Lakers struggled in the regular season as well as the post-season and ultimately crashed out of the playoffs.

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But the Purple and Gold are quick to address their issues. With Dennis Schroder likely entering free agency, the Lakers do not have a proper point guard in their roster. Given how their competitors like the Brooklyn Nets have been adding superstar talent, Lakers knew they had to make a statement signing this off-season.

Mar 30, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) directs the offense during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

They have done the same in some style. While teams were busy drafting talented prospects, the Lakers pulled off an incredible trade as they traded away Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell and a first-round pick for Russell Westbrook and two second round picks.

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LeBron James reacts to Lakers’ trading for Russell Westbrook

This trade for Westbrook works for Lakers in multiple levels. Not only does ‘Brodie’ answer the Lakers’ playmaking woes, bringing in the former MVP is also a statement signing. Superstar LeBron James is certainly one of the biggest fans of the move.

While Westbrook and Bron have had their battles off the court, the two share a close relation off the court. But with this trade Bron will finally be playing with his longtime friend. The 36-year-old is certainly excited for what the new Lakers’ big three holds.

 

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Westbrook is a much-needed addition for the Purple and Gold. While the Lakers did bring in a facilitator in Schroder, the German was a score-first guard. Often chucking up shots and struggling to make the right pass, the 28-year-old disappointed as a starter.

Brodie on the other hand is a much better facilitator of the ball. He will be essential in taking some pressure off of ‘the King‘ as well. While Westbrook does attempt ill-fated shots, with options like LeBron James and Anthony Davis available, expect to see a jump in Russ’ numbers.

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The 32-year-old will also be a much-needed third scorer for the team. Lakers’ struggles to have any kind of offensive impact without LeBron James and Anthony Davis was pretty evident in the playoffs. Given how uni-dimensional they were, locking down Bron and AD meant the Lakers’ collapse.

But with Westbrook, that won’t be the case. With his scoring ability and his playmaking skills, the Purple and Gold’s offense won’t be as predictable. If the 2017 MVP wants to win his first championship with his hometown team, he might have to make some sacrifices. Can Westbrook and LeBron James lead the Lakers to win their 18th championship?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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