A potential new blockbuster has emerged for the Los Angeles Lakers to consider as a way to move Russell Westbrook. HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto reported that the Lakers discussed a three-team deal with the Knicks and Jazz as part of a deal that would send Donovan Mitchell to the Knicks.
Los Angeles will have a host of players playing solid roles including former Clippers nemesis Patrick Beverley, marksman Bojan Bogdanovic (or Malik Beasley) and former Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson. To make wages efficient, Westbrook would likely go to Jazz in this commercial scenario.
“The Lakers had conversations about joining the Jazz and Knicks a few weeks ago in a potential three-team acquisition, league sources told HoopsHype,” Scotto detailed August 5, 2022. “Drama. The proposed three-team transaction includes Westbrook going to Utah and acquiring. Utah will send Donovan Mitchell to the Knicks, a combination of two players, including Patrick Beverley and Jordan Clarkson, Bojan Bogdanovic or Malik Beasley to the Lakers, and the Jazz will receive substantial compensation from the Knicks and Lakers. The Knicks will also have to part ways with veteran payroll person(s), such as Derrick Rose, to help with payroll operations. “
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Bogdanovic will help fill the shooting gap on the Lakers
Bogdanovic would be a significant addition to the Lakers and the career three-pointer 39.2% fills an immediate gap on the roster. The Jazz forward averaged 18.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists while shooting 38.7% away during the 2021-22 season. After years of trying to be rivaled by LeBron James, Beverley made no secret of his desire to play against King James.
Clarkson will be a familiar face to Lakers fans after playing his first four seasons in Los Angeles. The keeper scored 16 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while scoring 31.8% from behind the arc last season.
Are the Lakers willing to lose their chance to land Kyrie?
The biggest question surrounding this deal, talks with the Pacers, and other commercial discussions the Lakers are involved in is how it could potentially affect the team’s chances of landing Kyrie Irving. . This three-way trade is sure to take the Lakers out of Irving sweepstakes, which are still the team’s first choice in potential deals.
The Lakers were reluctant to attach multiple future first-round draft picks to find a team that would receive Westbrook’s $47 million salary. According to Scotto, the general consensus is that the Lakers won’t be able to move Westbrook without including their 2027 and 2029 first-round picks.
“As noted on the latest HoopsHype podcast, common thinking around the league is that any three-team trade involving Russell Westbrook will need to include 2027 and 2029 first-round picks from the Lakers with The less protection the better,” explains Scotto.
As the season approaches, time will tell whether the Lakers will be more aggressive in their pursuit of Irving. The unfortunate reality is that the proposed three-team deal is essentially just the Lakers undoing their previous Westbrook deal by purchasing a player pack that plays a similar role to what the team gave up for the defender. star on the night of the 2021 NBA draft. As for Irving, the point guard is currently in a “good position” with the Nets, according to SNY.TV’s Ian Begley.
“A source close to Irving said this week that the seven-time All-Star star is in a good position with the Nets and comfortably enters the 2022-23 season,” Begley wrote on Aug. .
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