The Lakers are willing to make a creative move to shed Russell Westbrook and his massive $47 million contract before the season starts.
The NBA Institute’s Marc Stein reported in Sunday’s newsletter, per Yahoo Sports, that the Lakers have a “good chance” of being involved as a third team if the Jazz choose to trade superstar Donovan Mitchell to the Knicks or another team.
According to Stein, Los Angeles’ hope is to land quality role players with their 2027 and 2029 first-round draft picks — the only ones the Lakers have under their control this decade — appealing to the hungry Jazz. .
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The Lakers, however, are only interested in trading those picks in a deal that would help them become a true NBA title contender after missing out on them all together last season.
Having multiple teams involved expands the talent pool you can tap into compared to a two-way transaction.
Stein hypothesized that Los Angles landing Bojan Bogdanovic from the Jazz and Evan Fournier from the Kickers and that would be enough to draw picks from the Lakers.
The Knicks and Jazz are locked in a trade dispute over the number of first-round picks that could be included in a potential package for Mitchell, who the Lakers traded last week for guard Patrick Beverley, according to The Post’s Marc Berman.
The deal points to the possibility that Westbrook’s days will continue to be numbered in LA as the team tries to deal with everything in the offseason.
This article was originally published in The New York Post and is reprinted with permission.