Yesterday, the Lakers definitely made the biggest trade of the offseason, as they were able to get hometown superstar, Russell Westbrook, in the purple and gold. The Wizards ended up trading Westbrook, a 2024 second-round pick, and a 2028 second-round pick, for Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell and the No. 22 pick in last night’s NBA Draft.
Prior to the Westbrook trade, DeMar DeRozan of the Spurs, made it clear that he didn’t mind coming back home to LA to play for the Lakers. He labeled it as an “honor” and a “great opportunity.” He has also been recruited to come to LA by LeBron James.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes though, DeRozan was open to taking a pay cut to get to the Lakers, but that is reportedly not the case now, following the Westbrook trade.
“San Antonio Spurs unrestricted free agent DeMar DeRozan was in talks with James, sources said, but the Westbrook deal eliminated that option because it would have required a sign-and-trade scenario and a Kuzma inclusion,” Haynes added.
As for DeRozan and the Spurs, they just missed consecutive playoff appearances for the first time. This is after they and Gregg Popovich had previously been to the playoffs for 22 straight seasons, and won five NBA championships.