The Los Angeles Lakers are at a crossroads. It is currently unclear how competitive the team will be next season. Russell Westbrook may need a new home. LeBron James is still thinking his future.
New report from Michael Scotto of HoopsHype suggests the Lakers aren’t taking the moment lightly. According to Scotto, Los Angeles discussed a monstrous deal with New York and Utah that radically revamped the Lakers’ roster.
Good front offices are constantly calling and exchanging ideas. As Scotto noted, this proposal came in a few weeks ago, and Los Angeles, New York and Utah are weighing their respective options across a range of possibilities. That being said, let’s dive into this interesting trading rumor.
According to overdone, the proposal under consideration would send Russell Westbrook to Utah. From there, the former MVP’s contract will be bought out. The Jazz will also receive “significant” project capital.
In this scenario, Donovan Mitchell would go to the Knicks, one of many offers and rumors sending Mitchell to New York. Utah will also swap two of the following players for the Lakers: Patrick Beverley, Jordan Clarkson, Bojan Bogdanovic, or Malik Beasley.
The aforementioned would also require the Knicks to take some pay cuts, either in connection with this move or in a separate deal to gobble up Mitchell’s $30.4 million contract. Sending players like Derrick Rose or Evan Fournier could help make that possible.
There are other changes that could come in a trade between the Lakers, Knicks, and Jazz. Los Angeles is reportedly showing interest in Cam Reddish, a Klatch client who was nearly sent to the Lakers last season. Reddish may end up in a version of this deal.
Similarly, the Knicks had their eye on Malik Beasley. New York senior basketball advisor Gersson Rosas originally signed Beasley back in Minnesota a few years ago.
Swapping Russell Westbrook for such a move would likely result in Los Angeles giving up both its 2027 first-round pick and its 2029 first-round pick, Scotto said. The Utah are facing similar difficulties when trying to move seasoned point guard Mike Conley.
Interestingly, the Lakers will be facilitating the blockbuster exchange rather than serving as its focal point. Perhaps Los Angeles can try to make small adjustments rather than swing over the fences.