NBA Rumors: Lakers Get Shooters, Knicks Get Donovan Mitchell, Jazz Get Russell Westbrook In Proposed Trade

Russell Westbrook
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Ernesto Cova

The Los Angeles Lakers have actively shopped Russell Westbrook for months, but there are no takers. That shouldn't come as a surprise, as he's still owed nearly $50 million, is on the final year of his contract, and is fresh off one of his worst seasons ever.

On the flip side, the New York Knicks have kept tabs on Donovan Mitchell for weeks, but to no avail. In this hypothetical scenario, everybody gets what they want, as the Utah Jazz land Russell Westbrook, a first-round pick (via Lakers), and three first-round picks (via Knicks); the Lakers land Malik Beasley and Bojan Bogdanovic, and the Knicks get Donovan Mitchell.

Why Would Jazz Do It?

Russell Westbrook
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Well, they're not going to be able to compete at a high level without Rudy Gobert, so why not make the most of Mitchell's contract while they still can?

They could absorb Westbrook's deal and let it run out or try and work a buyout with him and allow him to become an unrestricted free agent. They'd land four future first-round picks to add to their already impressive arsenal from the Gobert trade.

Why Should Lakers Do It?

Bojan Bogdanovic
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This is the only way the Lakers could get rid of Westbrook while giving up just one future first-round pick. Also, they need shooters around LeBron James and Anthony Davis, which is why Bojan Bogdanovic and Malik Beasley are a perfect fit.

The Westbrook experiment didn't work out at all. It's clear that they were a much better team when they were a one-two punch, as opposed to their so-called Big Three. Pelinka needs to do this.

What's In For The Knicks?

Donovan Mitchell
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The Knicks have been on the market for a franchise player for years. And no disrespect to Julius Randle, RJ Barrett, or even Jalen Brunson, but neither of them is franchise-player material.

With this, they'd be getting a 25-year-old who has yet to enter his prime. He'd be under team control for the next three years and be glad to come back home and play for the team he grew up rooting for.

A Big Win

Donovan Mitchell
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Simply put, this is the most beneficial trade for all parties. The Jazz's veterans get to play for a contender, Mitchell gets a fresh start, and the Knicks get a star.

The Knicks have a plethora of draft picks they could easily part ways with, so giving up 'just three' means they could still have five to trade for another star or use in the draft. Also, this transaction would allow them to hold on to their core.