Russell Westbrook is now a Los Angeles Laker and it appears this was the plan for some time now. The trade was culminated two weeks after a big meeting at LeBron James’ house.
According to the LA Times’ Broderick Turner, Westbrook met with Anthony Davis and LeBron at James’ home two weeks ago. There, they discussed teaming up together on the Lakers.
Turner reports that the players agreed to put their egos aside in the interest of pursuing a championship. For instance, James and Davis expressed a willingness to play different positions if necessary. Westbrook said he was willing to play off the ball when James wanted to handle the rock.
The result is the Lakers ended up pursuing and making the trade, with the Wizards fulfilling Westbrook’s desires. This will be Westbrook’s fourth team in four years so a lot of pressure will now be on the hometown former UCLA standout to perform at a high level. If James recruited Westbrook then he believes the team will be better served by the addition.