LeBron James hatched the plan to bring Russell Westbrook to the Lakers as their 3rd star alongside Anthony Davis this summer.
Shams Charania sent NBA Twitter into meltdown mode by reporting this blockbuster Westbrook trade on draft night. Given the set nature of the top 3 picks, fan buzz shifted from this year’s rookies to the Lakers.
Rob Pelinka has swung some expert trade maneuvers to put LeBron James on the 3rd superteam of his career. But The King isn’t the player that NBA Twitter is currently putting under the scanner.
The Lakers have an instant shout to be viewed as the best core of the league currently. Kevin Durant, Kyrie and Harden might seem like a better on-paper fit, but AD, LeBron and Westbrook are the more talented trio.
There were murmurs around the league regarding the Lakers’ offseason activity right from the middle of their first-round series. When Anthony Davis went down with a groin problem, most NBA fans began speculating about Rob Pelinka’s next move.
Westbrook, LeBron and Anthony Davis being on the same team presents a whole new challenge for the NBA. These are 3 players who can all win playoff games and series on their own, if left unchecked.
Opponents have already had nightmares figuring out how to score on these Lakers – the league’s best defensive side for 2 years. They’ll be confronted with a disproportionate amount of offensive talent, compounding their headaches next year.
LeBron James hosted Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis at his house 2 weeks ago
As reported by the LA Times, the trio hatched their plan to form the latest Lakers superteam weeks ago. Both the Lakers and the Wizards had suffered ignominious first-round exits, and all 3 players were smarting from their fresh wounds. In the words of Broderick Turner:
“About two weeks ago, Russell Westbrook went to LeBron James’ home. Together they and Anthony Davis had a conversation about the All-Star guard joining James and Davis on the Lakers.”
“They talked about putting their egos aside and playing as one in their quest to bring the Lakers another NBA championship. Westbrook talked about how his only intention was winning and coming back home to Los Angeles to become a champion.”
Westbrook, LeBron, and AD met at LeBron’s house about two weeks ago to discuss the possibility of playing together;
“They talked about putting their egos aside and playing as one in their quest to bring the Lakers another NBA championship.”
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) July 30, 2021