With the first big trade of the summer, Russell Westbrook's arrival in L.A. has been the subject of conversation ever since it went down.
Not only does it give the franchise new hope for the future, but it gets them a high-energy guy that will always give his maximum effort.
But, as reported by Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, he wasn't part of their original plan. Rather, it was Damian Lillard who they were after before they ultimately settled on the deal with Washington.
Per NBA sources, the Lakers went into the offseason with a clear Plan A: unrealistic hopes of landing a Damian Lillard or Bradley Beal. Plan B was Chris Paul (but then the Phoenix Suns advanced to the NBA Finals) and Westbrook. Hield was always Plan C.