Russell Westbrook's arrival in Los Angeles was the first big trade of the summer, and it has been the topic of talk ever since. Not only does it give the franchise new optimism for the future, but it also provides them with a high-energy player who will always give his all. However, astonishingly he was their Plan ‘A’ to strengthen the squad but Plan ‘B’. Rather, they were looking for Damian Lillard before agreeing to the deal with Washington.
The Lakers entered the offseason with a clear Plan A: unrealistic aspirations of acquiring Damian Lillard or Bradley Beal. Plan B was Chris Paul (but the Phoenix Suns won the NBA Finals) and Russell Westbrook. Plan C was always Hield. However, Westbrook has made several significant contributions while he was with Washington Wizards.