Lakers, Knicks, Jazz talked massive Westbrook, Mitchell trade

This must be emphasised up entrance: Not solely did this trade clearly not occur, however issues additionally stay extremely quiet on the trade entrance, and no deal just like this seems near occurring anytime quickly. If ever.

However, the Lakers, Knicks, and Jazz mentioned a three-team trade that might have despatched Donovan Mitchell to the Knicks and Russell Westbrook to the Jazz to be purchased out, with a variety of picks going to Utah and different gamers within the combine, studies Michael Scott of Hoopshype.

The proposed three-team trade situation included Westbrook going to Utah and getting purchased out. Utah would ship Donovan Mitchell to the Knicks, a mixture of two gamers, together with Patrick Beverley and Jordan Clarkson, Bojan Bogdanovic or Malik Beasley to the Lakers, and the Jazz would obtain vital draft choose compensation from the Knicks and Lakers. The Knicks additionally would have needed to half with veteran wage filler(s), comparable to Derrick Rose to assist make the salaries work.

The Lakers have additionally had curiosity in buying and selling for Knicks ahead Cam Reddish, who might additionally develop into a part of a trade. Last season, the Lakers virtually acquired Reddish as a part of a blockbuster three-team trade talks between the Lakers, Knicks and Raptors on the time.

While this trade makes some sense on the floor, there are additionally a variety of questions and particulars, and that is normally the place the satan lies and issues get slowed down.

Questions that begin with: How many picks are going to the Jazz? Scotto notes in the identical Hoopshype story that Utah needs extra picks again in a Mitchell trade than it acquired within the Rudy Gobert trade, which was primarily 5 first-rounders (4 future picks plus 2022 first-rounder Walker Kessler). Based on their decisions in different trade talks, the Lakers probably had been solely keen to throw in one among their two tradable first-round picks on this deal, so would the Knicks have thrown in 4 or 5 extra first-rounders headed to Utah? Would the Jazz need at the least 5 first-rounders only for Mitchell plus one or two extra for taking up Westbrook, making it six or seven whole?

Then there are the opposite questions: What gamers had been coming again to the Lakers? Derrick Rose, Cam Reddish and possibly a Utah veteran? Would some Jazz veterans be sliding to New York on this trade? There are a variety of doable permutations of this deal, however like all three-team trades discovering a steadiness the place each workforce will get what it needs and might declare the trade as a win is exceedingly difficult.

The largest takeaway from this whole report ought to be the Jazz wanting an even bigger haul than the Gobert trade for Mitchell — the trade for the French massive man warped the trade market. It has impacted what the Nets anticipate (however should not getting) for Kevin Durant, and it made different GMs across the league say, “I’m not going excessive and risking the derision Minnesota confronted for one participant/deal.” It’s going to be arduous for Danny Ainge to get that haul once more.

We do not know the way far down the highway these three-team talks acquired — groups speak about A LOT of issues on a floor degree that by no means transfer previous that into severe discussions. But it would not be surprising if, when issues get nearer to coaching camp and Mitchell trade talks begin to heat up once more, one of many three groups decides to kick the tires on this deal another time.

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