2021 NBA Draft trade tracker: Lakers pull off blockbuster deal for Russell Westbrook; Wolves add Ricky Rubio

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Who was traded for Russell Westbrook?

Multiple reports have the 2020 NBA champions acquiring former Kia MVP and Wizards point guard Russell Westbrook in exchange for Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, and the 22nd overall pick of the 2021 Draft. NBA.comReports: Lakers agree to Russell Westbrook trade

Who did the Lakers trade 2021?

The NBA Draft is always a hotbed for trades, and 2021 has been no exception. The biggest trade so far was reportedly agreed upon between the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards, and will send Russell Westbrook to L.A. to form a Big Three alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. CBSSports.com2021 NBA Draft trade tracker: Lakers pull off blockbuster deal for Russell Westbrook; Wolves add Ricky Rubio

NBA rumors: Bradley Beal, Warriors trade target, to stay with Wizards

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If you were hoping the Warriors would trade for Bradley Beal before Thursday night's NBA draft, you won't like this news.

It sounds like the three-time NBA All-Star has decided not to request a trade.

From what I’m hearing, Bradley Beal is opting to stay in DC.

— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) July 29, 2021

Shortly before Thompson's tweet, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers were close to striking a deal that would send Russell Westbrook to LA.

This led to speculation (including from yours truly) that Beal soon would be on the move.

HAHAHAHHAHA. YESSSSSSSS!!!! (This also has to mean that Bradley Beal is getting traded soon …) https://t.co/JKKizTOcnW pic.twitter.com/Z49pwyZpfA

— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) July 29, 2021

But Woj in short order poured cold water on that possibility.

This is a trade Washington wants to make with Bradley Beal in mind, creating some salary cap flexibility for the future to add talent around him, sources tell ESPN. The idea of returning to his Los Angeles roots has been appealing to Westbrook.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 29, 2021

Beal will earn about $34.5 million next season, and has a $37.3 million player option in 2022-23.

Might the Warriors and Wizards engage in trade talks ahead of next season's deadline? It's possible.

But it sure seems like Beal is committed to staying long-term with the franchise that selected him No. 3 overall in the 2012 draft.

Jevon Carter spent the past two season with the NBA's Phoenix Suns. Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Jevon Carter is on the move again.According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the WVU alum was traded, along with the No.

The Pistons injected another dose of talent into a promising, young roster by selecting Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham with the top pick.

Lakers will trade Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell in a deal for triple-double machine Russell Westbrook.

The 76ers reportedly are making "outlandish" requests in trade offers for Ben Simmons.

Do you think Duane Washington will hear his name called Thursday night?

Join USA TODAY Sports during the night for all the latest on trades and analysis for each pick in the first round of the 2021 NBA draft.

Magic Johnson thinks Russell Westbrook will make the Lakers a title contender next year.

Here are reported details of the picks and protections that the Thunder received in the draft-day trade with the Houston Rockets.

Here is the latest Knicks news and picks from the 2021 NBA Draft.

With the NBA Draft just hours away, potential trade between Kings and Lakers has complications.

The Warriors were able to get a player in Jonathan Kuminga, who was projected to go much higher earlier in the draft process.

The Golden State Warriors have rejected a trade offer from the Philadelphia 76ers centered upon Ben Simmons.

The Lakers have been seeking a third star ever since pairing LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

A new trade suggestion has the Philadelphia 76ers moving Ben Simmons to the Dallas Mavericks.

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers are acquiring All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook from the Washington Wizards for three players and the rights to first-round pick Isaiah Jackson. According to two people with knowledge of the deal, the Lakers are trading Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell to Washington for Westbrook, who is a Los Angeles native and helped lead UCLA to a pair of Final Four appearances.

Has Buddy Hield played his last game for Kings?

The Nets have traded G Landry Shamet to the Phoenix Suns ahead of the 2021 NBA Draft.

The Warriors have reportedly "zeroed in" on four prospects for the No. 7 pick in the NBA draft.

The Warriors reportedly already have discussed trade possibilities involving their seventh overall pick, but have no plans to trade him as of now.

Report: Montrezl Harrell Exercises $9.7M Lakers Contract Option Amid Trade Buzz

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Montrezl Harrell's time with the Los Angeles Lakers reportedly will continue—at least for now.

Harrell exercised his $9.7 million player option for the 2021-22 campaign on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Opting in to the deal does not guarantee Harrell will remain in Los Angeles, however. Wojnarowski noted Harrell is being discussed in trade talks for the Sacramento Kings' Buddy Hield:

That trade still needs to be agreed upon, but there's been momentum toward its ultimate completion, per sources. https://t.co/9W4KRY0YXg

It didn't always look like the big man would even make it through one season on the Purple and Gold, as O'Connor reported in March that Harrell was "involved in some trade discussions" as the Lakers looked to make some moves to clear space for a run at Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond if he was bought out.

Los Angeles eventually added Drummond without moving on from Harrell.

Harrell also turned heads on social media leading up to the trade deadline:

The big man signed with the Lakers in November 2020 on a two-year deal that included the option for the second season. It was a major move at the time because it not only helped his new team, it weakened the rival Los Angeles Clippers.

He was the Sixth Man of the Year in 2019-20 with averages of 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game for the Clippers.

The Louisville product was the key piece of the Clippers bench unit and provided another secondary scorer alongside Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

Harrell figured to play a similar role on the Lakers with LeBron James and Anthony Davis leading the way like Leonard and George and eventually became that important bench player while averaging 13.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game.

However, he took a backseat in the postseason and averaged just 5.8 points and 9.8 minutes per game in four contests during a first-round loss to the Phoenix Suns.

For now, Harrell at least knows what his salary for the upcoming season will be. What uniform he will be wearing, however, has yet to be decided.

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Report: Montrezl Harrell Exercises $9.7M Lakers Contract Option Amid Trade Buzz

Yahoo Sports 29 July, 2021 - 04:08pm

Montrezl Harrell's time with the Los Angeles Lakers reportedly will continue—at least for now.

Harrell exercised his $9.7 million player option for the 2021-22 campaign on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Opting in to the deal does not guarantee Harrell will remain in Los Angeles, however. Wojnarowski noted Harrell is being discussed in trade talks for the Sacramento Kings' Buddy Hield:

That trade still needs to be agreed upon, but there's been momentum toward its ultimate completion, per sources. https://t.co/9W4KRY0YXg

It didn't always look like the big man would even make it through one season on the Purple and Gold, as O'Connor reported in March that Harrell was "involved in some trade discussions" as the Lakers looked to make some moves to clear space for a run at Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond if he was bought out.

Los Angeles eventually added Drummond without moving on from Harrell.

Harrell also turned heads on social media leading up to the trade deadline:

The big man signed with the Lakers in November 2020 on a two-year deal that included the option for the second season. It was a major move at the time because it not only helped his new team, it weakened the rival Los Angeles Clippers.

He was the Sixth Man of the Year in 2019-20 with averages of 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game for the Clippers.

The Louisville product was the key piece of the Clippers bench unit and provided another secondary scorer alongside Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

Harrell figured to play a similar role on the Lakers with LeBron James and Anthony Davis leading the way like Leonard and George and eventually became that important bench player while averaging 13.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game.

However, he took a backseat in the postseason and averaged just 5.8 points and 9.8 minutes per game in four contests during a first-round loss to the Phoenix Suns.

For now, Harrell at least knows what his salary for the upcoming season will be. What uniform he will be wearing, however, has yet to be decided.

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Los Angeles Lakers: 3 picks from the 2010s we wish would have worked

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The 2010s were a roller coaster of a decade for the Los Angeles Lakers.

They went from NBA Champions in 2010 to being one of the worst teams in the league later in the decade. Along with this, fans had to watch Kobe Bryant go from NBA champion to eventual retiree.

After Bryant could no longer carry the franchise, the Lakers were forced into a multiyear rebuild that netted them multiple lottery picks and young talent.

There is a chance that the Lakers would have still been in this rebuild to this day if they were not able to convince LeBron James to join the team in the 2018 offseason.

However, once James joined the roster, it launched the franchise from rebuilding to win now immediately. As a result of this, they traded a lot of the young talent they had accumulated during their rebuild for superstar Anthony Davis.

The duo of James and Davis was enough for the Lakers to begin the 2020s as NBA champions.

There is a chance that the two will be able to bring multiple rings back to Los Angeles before they ae done. However, with the draft coming up on July 29th, it is a perfect time to look back at some of the picks from the 2010s that we wish would have worked out.

This list goes in chronological order, meaning there are no rankings.

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