D'Angelo Russell to Lakers, Russell Westbrook to Jazz in three-team trade?

D'Angelo Russell to Lakers, Russell Westbrook to Jazz in three-team trade?

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D'Angelo Russell to Lakers, Russell Westbrook to Jazz in three-team trade?

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Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Russell Westbrook signed a five-year “supermax” deal. He’s been on five teams throughout the life of the deal:
Oklahoma City Thunder
Houston Rockets
Washington Wizards
Los Angeles Lakers
Utah Jazz – 9:16 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Boy, can’t wait for the Westbrook Jazz debut here in Toronto on Friday
(Hahahahahahahaha) – 9:15 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
The Lakers-Westbrook situation had become untenable over the past week or so, multiple team and league sources close to the situation told @TheAthletic. Both sides were ready to move on from a partnership that never really made sense to begin with: theathletic.com/4168855/2023/0…9:13 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
The Chicago Bulls are interested in signing Russell Westbrook should he secure a buyout from the Utah Jazz, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @BleacherReport. – 9:06 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
On today’s @PHNX_Suns pod, we gave our thoughts on some trade rumblings, Russell Westbrook as a buyout target, and Mat Ishbia’s first press conference as Suns owner:
link.chtbl.com/PHNXSuns pic.twitter.com/xid42KVAvr9:02 PM

Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Acquiring Russell Westbrook is one of the biggest mistakes in the history of the Lakers. Dumping him with a protected first for this haul of three players might just save their season.
Jarred Vanderbilt provides excellent defensive versatility, connective passing, and solid… – 9:01 PM
Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
2015: LAL draft D-Lo No. 2 overall
2017: LAL trade D-Lo, Mozgov for R1 (Kuzma)
2019: BKN trade D-Lo for KD
2020: GSW trade D-Lo for Wiggins, R1 (Kuminga)
2021: LAL trade Kuzma/KCP/Harrell for Westbrook
2023:LAL trade Westbrook, R1 for D-Lo – 9:01 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
D’Angelo Russell was taken second overall and has since been traded for Brook Lopez, Kevin Durant, Andrew Wiggins and Russell Westbrook. What a transactional career. – 8:59 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
The Lakers added switchable wing defenders, some shooting and got younger. All while parting ways with Russell Westbrook, whose fit with the franchise never coalesced. With 27 games left in the regular season, LAL is four games out of the No. 6 seed and is 1-2 so far since making… – 8:58 PM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Per @Alberto de Roa‘s Global Rating, D’Angelo Russell is the 42nd-best player this season.
(Russell Westbrook is at No. 64).
hoopshype.com/lists/global-r…8:58 PM
Kyle Ratke @Kyle_Ratke
So many memories with my D’Angelo Russell bobblehead 🙁 – 8:53 PM
Synergy Sports Tech @SynergySST
D’Angelo Russell has shot an eFG% of 57% creating his own shot out of isos and pick & rolls and 62% in spot up situations playing off the ball. – 8:50 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Remarkable how Lakers get three good players for only Westbrook expiring contract and a future first. That Lowry is in second year of three year deal, with nearly 30 M due next season, makes any similarly impactful move difficult for Heat, regrettably – 8:50 PM
Mark Kreidler @MarkKreidler
Hilarious when the Jazz buy out Westbrook and the Clippers immediately sign him. L.A. may not be done with Russ yet. – 8:48 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Russell Westbrook signed a five-year supermax contract and managed to get traded at some point in each of the five years he was signed for.
We’re never going to see that again. It’s one of the great all-time bits of NBA randomness. – 8:46 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Lakers will upgrade talent and keep financial flexibility by acquiring D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt. DLo will be a free agent this summer. Beasley leads NBA in 3s off the bench and has a $16.5M team option next season. Vanderbilt makes $4.7M next season. – 8:44 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Rudy Gobert (groin), Kyle Anderson (back), D’Angelo Russell (personal reasons), Austin Rivers (suspension) and Karl-Anthony Towns (calf) are all out tonight.
Jordan McLaughlin (calf) is also on a minutes restriction.
So tonight’s starters…
Nowell – 8:41 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
The trade:
Mike Conley and Nickeil Alexander-Walker to the @Timberwolves.
D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt to the @Lakers.
Russell Westbrook, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Damian Jones plus 2027 first to the @utahjazz.
#takenote @kslsports
kslsports.com/498437/conley-…8:41 PM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
For the Wolves (vs. Jazz),
Kyle Anderson is out due to back spasms
Rudy Gobert is out due to right groin soreness
Austin Rivers is out due to league suspension
Karl Anthony-Towns is out due to right calf strain
and now D’Angelo Russell is out due to “personal reasons” – 8:40 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Hot take: The trade is a “win” if the Lakers make the playoffs and do something there. And not a second before.
But I do think DLo/Beasley/Vanderbilt give them a better shot to do that than what they had going. – 8:37 PM
Kyle Ratke @Kyle_Ratke
The end of a career for a player is so weird. Russell Westbrook just got traded to the Jazz? And will probably get bought out? That seems weird and makes perfect sense at the same time. – 8:36 PM
Yossi Gozlan @YossiGozlan
New story on @Jorge Sierra: With Russell Westbrook getting traded to the Utah Jazz and reportedly set to hit the buyout market, I look at potential destinations for him.
hoopshype.com/lists/russell-…8:36 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Source tells @TheAthletic that NBA guard Russell Westbrook would have interest in LA Clippers if he secures buyout after pending trade. – 8:35 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
D’Angelo Russell to the Lakers right now pic.twitter.com/LsK9abKi9E8:34 PM

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
The Lakers move on from Russell Westbrook just as that relationship had reached the point of being fractured beyond repair and part with just one future first round pick (2027) that is top-four protected and land D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt. Incredible. – 8:34 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
if the clippers sign russell westbrook and then win a title the lakers have to take down one of their banners – 8:32 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Westbrook as a Laker:
17.4 PPG
6.9 RPG
7.2 APG
End of an era. pic.twitter.com/IYZihcH9Op8:31 PM

Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Sources said Lakers are excited to get young players D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt. Lakers bringing back Russell – 8:31 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Should Russell Westbrook secure a buyout from the Utah Jazz after the three-team trade is complete, the Los Angeles Clippers are said to have interest in the star guard, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @BleacherReport. – 8:30 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
DLo + Beasley are averaging more made threes (5.8) than
Pat Bev
Max Christie
combined (5.6). pic.twitter.com/ni1Z4cvtbW8:30 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Has Russell Westbrook played his last game in the NBA?
Pretty wild — and poetic — if his last game is in the LeBron breaking record game but with Russ shooting more than anyone in the 4th quarter. – 8:30 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Russell Westbrook deserves a lifetime achievement award for switching teams each year of his contract – 8:30 PM
Alan Hahn @alanhahn
Big 8-player deal that retools LeBron’s supporting cast and rids him (and Ham) of Westbrook. DLo playmaking and 3PT shooting a good fit. Conley reunited with Gobert in Minny.
Oh and where does Russ wind up next? – 8:28 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Does Westbrook help any team? – 8:28 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat’s 16-point lead now a deficit. And there’s no D’Angelo Russell coming through that door. – 8:27 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Can confirm reports that Lakers are trading Russell Westbrook, first-round pick to Utah, Jazz sending Mike Conley Jr., second-round picks to Minnesota and Lakers get Wolves guard D’Angelo Russell, Jazz players Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt. – 8:27 PM
Kyle Ratke @Kyle_Ratke
The DLo experiment in Minnesota was probably worth the gamble at the time. But yeah, 4 teams have said “thanks but no thanks” to him. Tough to argue “this guy is elite” when that’s the case. – 8:26 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Miami had interest in Westbrook back in 2019 but that was a lifetime ago. Bulls need a playmaker and Billy Donovan coached Westbrook in Oklahoma City. Probably the best fit. – 8:24 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
No matter what other fanbases or organizations think of Russell Westbrook, the Brodie will always be a Thunder legend and will have a statue in OKC one day. – 8:23 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
I can’t wait for the stories about D’Angelo Russell “coming home more mature” that will come out of Los Angeles the next few weeks. – 8:23 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
I’d imagine the Westbrook buyout could have an impact on Miami’s ability to trade Lowry. Teams that could be interested, like the Clippers, have leverage in negotiations. “Well, if you don’t give us Lowry for what we want, we’ll just sign Russ.” – 8:20 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
D’Angelo Russell requires a pay day, but can also be renounced, giving the #Lakers flexibility to keep him or pursue someone else. Malik Beasley has a $16.5M team option. Not only do they acquire players they desperately needed, they don’t take on long term $. – 8:20 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Lakers roster:
Top __ roster in the league. pic.twitter.com/LA3mnkowCg8:19 PM

Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
#Lakers did well. Thought they should’ve done the Hield, Turner trade and been done with it. They stayed patient and got more by giving up less.
The maddening Westbrook era in LA is over. We’ll see where he ends up. Doubt Utah keeps him.
The cost of waiting — 25-30 start. – 8:18 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
It’d be funny if the Jazz didn’t buy out Russell Westbrook. – 8:18 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Commence the Russell Westbrook buyout watch. – 8:18 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
That’s a good deal for the Lakers. I like DLo for them more than Russ or Conley. He’s shooting 39% on 3s. Beasley and Vanderbilt are huge upgrades to their depth. – 8:17 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt a heck of a get for Lakers, who suddenly have the type of quality depth (almost) that they had before the Westbrook trade with Wizards. – 8:15 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
DLo last run as a Laker:
14.3 PPG
3.5 RPG
4.0 APG
1.3 SPG
Played with Kobe, now he’s playing with LeBron pic.twitter.com/2Z8GJljdPd8:14 PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Lakers, Jazz and Timberwolves are finalizing trade sending D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt to Los Angeles, Russell Westbrook and first-round pick to Utah and Mike Conley Jr. and second-round pick compensation to Minnesota, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. – 8:12 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Reports: Lakers in talks about three-team Westbrook trade with Jazz, Timberwolves nba.nbcsports.com/2023/02/08/rep…7:32 PM
Sean Deveney @SeanDeveney
Some NBA trade intel from @Steve Bulpett on what the Wolves were thinking with old/new @Los Angeles Lakers G D’Angelo Russell and other notes.
Interesting tidbit on the @Charlotte Hornets Gordon Hayward, too. Anybody want ‘im?
More at @HeavyOnSports :
heavy.com/sports/los-ang…5:59 PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
Trade Guide: Lakers
One approach that should not be dismissed is the Lakers taking the Westbrook expiring contract and targeting players with contracts that extend past this season.
Under contract > cap space – 5:38 PM
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
On a more serious note, appears Jazz would have to include at least two players besides Conley ($22.6M) in order to take back Westbrook’s $47M – 5:33 PM
Howard Beck @HowardBeck
Elmo apparently wants to destroy the NBA trade deadline. (Maybe he’s against the Westbrook deal?) – 5:22 PM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
D’Angelo Russell reportedly returns to the Lakers with Westbrook going to Utah on a three-way deal
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/14…4:13 PM
Lakers trade rumors: Russell Westbrook-D’Angelo Russell three-way deal being discussed with Timberwolves, Jazz
cbssports.com/nba/news/laker…4:09 PM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
D’Angelo Russell is an expiring contract, so the Lakers could be opening up cap space for Kyrie this summer.
Or they could bring D’Lo back because they retain his bird rights. – 4:03 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
The ideal Russell Westbrook buyout destination would have…
– Great shooting to maximize his drives.
– A coach with the cache to get him to buy into a smaller role (10-15 mins).
– Deep defensive roster since he doesn’t really guard anyone.
To me, that sounds like the Clippers. – 4:02 PM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
I know he’ll almost certainly be bought out, but it would be funny if Russell Westbrook broke the Jazz’s triple-double drought. – 4:02 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I wouldn’t trade meaningful assets for D’Angelo Russell/Malik Beasley/Jarred Vanderbilt if I were the Lakers.
I just don’t think that package moves the needle. It helps offensively, but both of those guards are bad defenders. Vanderbilt and AD isn’t an offensive fit. – 4:00 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Going live and talking about a LOT of trade deadline scenarios. Come hang.
✅ Further takeaways from Denver’s blowout win
✅ Our favorite trade possibilities
✅ DLo to LA?
✅ LeBron’s strange night
youtube.com/live/o02SrLSVJ…4:00 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Cannot wait for Russell Westbrook’s first media session in Utah before the inevitable buyout. – 3:59 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
In three-team deal being discussed between Lakers, Wolves and Jazz, a buyout for Russell Westbrook in Utah would be the likely path, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @BleacherReport. – 3:57 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I guess acquiring D’Angelo Russell is an immediate upgrade for the Lakers and gives them flexiiblity moving forward.
Lakers also getting Beasley and Vanderbilt make sense too.
Very interesting trade if it ends up going through. More so pending the picks going to Utah! – 3:54 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
The Lakers, Jazz and Timberwolves are in discussions on a three-team deal that would send D’Angelo Russell to the Lakers, Russell Westbrook and draft compensation such as a first-round pick to Utah and Mike Conley Jr. to Minnesota, sources tell me and @Tony Jones. – 3:45 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Russell Westbrook all-time ranks among active players:
PTS — 4th
REB — 7th
AST — 3rd
STL — 4th
DD2 — 3rd
TD3 — 1st
Top __ point guard of all-time. pic.twitter.com/AWEJf7lQPn3:14 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Usage Percentages (the percentage of team plays used by a player while he was on the floor) from last night’s Lakers/Thunder game:
Russell Westbrook: 37.8%
LeBron James: 33.7%
Anthony Davis: 16.0%
youtube.com/watch?v=-4nd7q…3:06 PM
Lakers’ Russell Westbrook, Darvin Ham had ‘heated exchange’ during last game before trade deadline, per report
cbssports.com/nba/news/laker…2:03 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Sources: Lakers coach, Russell Westbrook had heated exchange – via @ESPN App espn.com/nba/story/_/id…1:18 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
Ham and Westbrook dapping up prior to leaving the arena last night: pic.twitter.com/qmasjtrnZF12:59 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN Sources: Lakers G Russell Westbrook and coach Darvin Ham had a brief, heated verbal exchange in the halftime locker room on Tuesday vs. OKC. Ham expressed frustration with how Westbrook lingered on the playing floor after getting subbed out of game late in second quarter. – 12:55 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most all-time points by an active player:
38,390 — LeBron James
[huge gap]
26,684 — Kevin Durant
24,233 — James Harden
24,125 — Russell Westbrook pic.twitter.com/HCYUdcWq2x10:16 AM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
FINAL: Thunder 133, Lakers 130
SGA – 30 points, 8 assists
JDub – 25 points
Giddey – 20 points
JWill – 14 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists
LeBron – 38 points
Westbrook – 27 points, 8 assists
OKC is now 26-28 – 12:47 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
FINAL: Thunder 133, Lakers 130.
Aside from the record, you wonder if we’ve seen the final game for Russell Westbrook in a Lakers’ uniform. He had 27 points, 8 assists, was 10 for 19 and 6 turnovers. – 12:47 AM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
players with more points than anthony davis in this game: lebron james, russell westbrook, shai gilgeous-alexander, rui hachimura, jalen williams, jaylin williams, isaiah joe, mike muscala, and josh giddey, – 12:33 AM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Those were two great plays there by Westbrook. The big three and then digging for the traffic rebound – 12:20 AM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
End of 3Q: Thunder 104, Lakers 99
SGA – 27 points, 6 assists
Giddey – 16 points, 5 assists
JDub – 17 points
JWill – 12 points, 5 assists, 7 rebounds
LeBron – 36 points
Westbrook – 13 points, 7 assists – 12:08 AM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
i thought those groans from the Laker crowd when D’Angelo Russell thought it would be a good idea to get some shooting practice in during Kobe’s last game would never be topped. thank you Russ for trying. – 11:56 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
HALF: Thunder 76, Lakers 66
SGA – 19 points, 5 assists
JDub – 15 points
Muscala – 14 points
LeBron – 20 points
Westbrook – 11 points – 11:16 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Halftime: Thunder 76, Lakers 66
LeBron James has 20 points — he’s 16 away from the all-time record. The Lakers find themselves down by double-digits, though, as OKC shot 59.1% overall and 63.2% on 3s (12-19). Russell Westbrook has 11 points. Anthony Davis has 7 points. – 11:15 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
End of 1Q: Thunder 36, Lakers 34
SGA – 13 points, 4 assists
Muscala – 9 points
LeBron – 8 points
Westbrook – 6 points, 3 assists – 10:41 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
I think Nikola Jokic recorded the 4th fastest triple-double in NBA history tonight. He already has the fastest ever:
1. Nikola Jokic – 14:33 (2018)
2. Jim Tucker – 17 minutes (1955)
3. Russell Westbrook – 17:35 (2016)
4. Nikola Jokic ∼ 18 minutes (tonight) – 10:36 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
D’Angelo Russell decided he didn’t want to stick around for this one. – 10:34 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
OKC is 5 for 8 from 3, hanging right there with the Lakers, who are 4 for 7 after Westbrook and Walker IV hit B2B triples.
LAL’s lead is 25-23. – 10:33 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
“LeBron with the last 8 points for the Lakers, he’s feeling it.
Westbrook… for 3!
Miss and the Thunder come away.”
It’s so perfect. – 10:33 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
That Russell Westbrook pass looked like a free kick. – 10:33 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron checks out at the 4 minute mark after scoring 8 in his first stint. That last play was an off-target pass in transition from Westbrook. – 10:32 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Of all the Russell Westbrook passes that made Laker fans angry, I think the last one topped it all. – 10:31 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Cam Thomas scored 43 points tonight, his 3rd straight game with at least 43 points. He becomes, at age 21, the youngest player to do it. Others to do it: MJ, Kobe, Durant, Lillard, Giannis, Westbrook, Moses Malone, Bob Love, Devin Booker, Elgin Baylor, Rick Barry and Wilt. – 10:13 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Cam Thomas scored 43 points tonight, his 3rd straight game with at least 43 points. The other players to ever do that in NBA history:
Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Durant, Westbrook, Lillard, Harden, Moses Malone, Bob Love, Devin Booker, Elgin Baylor, Rick Barry, Giannis and Wilt – 10:13 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Cam Thomas scored 43 points tonight, his 3rd straight game with at least 43 points. The other players to ever do that in NBA history:
Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Durant, Westbrook, Lillard, Harden, Moses Malone, Bob Love, Devin Booker, Elgin Baylor, Rick Barry, Giannis and Wilt – 10:10 PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Players with 3 consecutive 40-point games
-Moses Malone
-Russell Westbrook
-Giannis Antetokounmpo
-Cam Thomas
Elite company! #NBATwitter #NetsWorld9:58 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
The Wolves deadline was always going to point to DLo, Naz + Nowell. Dug into those three on today’s show.
– Talked to Nowell at shootaround about his contract ending
– Went through the logistics of a Naz extension
– Threw out a different type of DLo trade
open.spotify.com/episode/6ZbBXQ…8:01 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 1985, the @Detroit Pistons Isiah Thomas had 25 points, 24 assists, and 10 rebounds versus the Bullets.
He’s one of five players in NBA history to record a 25p/20a/10r game:
Robertson (3x)
Westbrook (3x)
Johnson (2x)
More: open.substack.com/pub/statitudes…4:31 PM

More on this storyline

Chris Haynes: The Chicago Bulls are interested in signing Russell Westbrook should he secure a buyout with the Utah Jazz, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @BleacherReport. -via Twitter @ChrisBHaynes / February 8, 2023
Bobby Marks: Russell Westbrook has $16.2M left on his $47M contract for this season. Utah now has a total of 15 unprotected/lightly protected 1’s over the next 7 years. Could generate up to $60M in room this offseason. -via Twitter @BobbyMarks42 / February 8, 2023
Yossi Gozlan: The Lakers will be able to extend D’Angelo Russell through June 30 for up to two years, $67.5M. Extending him would keep him trade-eligible for a bigger trade this offseason. Malik Beasley is also extension-eligible. Jarred Vanderbilt will become extension-eligible this summer. The Lakers can still generate around $30M in cap space this summer if they don’t bring back D’Angelo Russell and Malik Beasley (team option). Given the draft equity they gave up, I would think they made this trade with the intention of keeping these players next season. -via Twitter @YossiGozlan / February 8, 2023
Andy Larsen: D’Angelo Russell is walking out of Vivint Arena as we speak. KAT just called for Kyle Anderson to end his workout early so he could say goodbye just outside the Wolves’ locker room. -via Twitter @andyblarsen / February 8, 2023

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