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Lakers get a good package for Westbrook, Hornets get a center, and way too much more.


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Hornets

Hornets

+1 player ($18.0m) +2 picks,
Cap Impact - $408K
  • Myles Turner
    Myles Turner
    C, 6' 11", 3.27 LEBRON
    Stretch Big

    $18.0M

    1yr

    12
  • draft-pick-player

    2022 - Round 2

    via BKN
    9
  • draft-pick-player

    2023 - Round 2

    14

+ 0  Wins

-24.10  MPG

-0.40  Off.

+4.45  Def.

Cavaliers

Cavaliers

+4 players ($40.5m) +3 picks,
Cap Impact - $14.9M
  • Malcolm Brogdon
    Malcolm Brogdon
    PG, 6' 5", 2.15 LEBRON
    Primary Ball Handler

    $22.6M

    3yrs

    12
  • P.J. Washington

    TO

    P.J. Washington
    PF, 6' 7", 0.02 LEBRON
    Team Option | Stretch Big

    $5.8M

    1yr

    4
  • Oshae Brissett

    TO

    Oshae Brissett
    SF, 6' 7", -1 LEBRON
    Team Option | Athletic Finisher

    $1.8M

    1yr

    12
  • Talen Horton-Tucker
    Talen Horton-Tucker
    SG, 6' 4", -1.15 LEBRON
    Secondary Ball Handler

    $10.2M

    2yrs

    14
  • draft-pick-player

    2022 - Round 2

    via PHX
    12
  • draft-pick-player

    2027 - Round 2

    14
  • draft-pick-player

    2023 - Round 2

    via HOU, DAL or MIA
    12

+5  Wins

+48.82  MPG

+3.31  Off.

-0.47  Def.

Pistons

Pistons

+1 player ($22.5m),
Cap Impact + $1.5M
    Roster Moves
  • Collin Sexton

    ST

    Collin Sexton
    SG, 6' 1", -2.06 LEBRON
    Sign & Trade | Slasher

    $22.5M

    4yrs

    6
  • Notes

    Sign-And-Trade Collin Sexton for a 4 year contract worth $90.0M.
    Incoming trade value of $22.5M
    Outgoing trade value of $22.5M

    2022 $22.5M • 2023 $22.5M • 2024 $22.5M • 2025 $22.5M

-2  Wins

-3.19  MPG

-0.80  Off.

-1.58  Def.

Pacers

Pacers

+3 players ($80.6m) +1 pick,
Cap Impact + $8.8M
  • Kelly Oubre Jr.
    Kelly Oubre Jr.
    SF, 6' 7", -0.81 LEBRON
    Stationary Shooter

    $12.6M

    1yr

    4
  • Russell Westbrook

    PO

    Russell Westbrook
    PG, 6' 3", -1 LEBRON
    Player Option | Shot Creator

    $47.0M

    1yr

    14
  • Jerami Grant
    Jerami Grant
    PF, 6' 8", 0.33 LEBRON
    Shot Creator

    $20.9M

    1yr

    9
  • draft-pick-player

    2022 - Round 1

    via NOP
    4

-6  Wins

-48.70  MPG

-2.98  Off.

-1.68  Def.

Lakers

Lakers

+4 players ($62.3m),
Cap Impact + $4.9M
  • Buddy Hield
    Buddy Hield
    SG, 6' 4", -0.42 LEBRON
    Movement Shooter

    $21.1M

    2yrs

    12
  • Dylan Windler

    TO

    Dylan Windler
    SF, 6' 6", -2.03 LEBRON
    Team Option | Stationary Shooter

    $4.0M

    1yr

    6
  • Kevin Love
    Kevin Love
    PF, 6' 8", 1.27 LEBRON
    Versatile Big

    $28.9M

    1yr

    6
  • T.J. McConnell
    T.J. McConnell
    PG, 6' 1", -0.82 LEBRON
    Slasher

    $8.1M

    3yrs

    12

+4  Wins

+27.16  MPG

+0.87  Off.

-0.72  Def.

I'll try to break this down.

Cavs

They do this for a couple reasons. First, the money perspective. Even though Kevin Love has had a great bounceback season, he's still being paid 28 million per year. For a small-market team like the Cavs, that's too much. They get a younger player in PJ Washington who can kinda fill his role, fits the timeline better, and is much cheaper. The second reason is talent, as they're better after this deal. Brogdon is a great fit at the starting SG position, and can be their backup PG that they need, and also provide a bit of everything, from shooting, passing, and defense. They also get a few interesting young assets in Oshae Brissett and THT, who they can use to their liking, possibly as trade bait, as well as a bunch of seconds.

Draft: Dyson Daniels at #14, Josh Minott at #39, Jaylin Williams at #60

Starting 5:

Garland-Brogdon-Markkanen-Mobley-Allen

Bench 5:

Dyson Daniels-Levert-Okoro-Washington-Moses Brown

Rest of bench:

FA-THT-Osman-Josh Minott-Brissett-Dean Wade-Jaylin Williams

Pacers

They're getting two wings that are still relatively young and are good fits next to Haliburton. Grant can be the first/second option and the primary defender, like what he wants to be. Oubre can fill in the other forward spot or come off the bench. They're also getting another first round pick that falls at #15.

First of all, this gives them loads of financial flexibility next year after Westbrook's contract expires. In that same offseason, Kelly Oubre Jr's and Jerami Grant's contracts will be expiring, so some of that money would likely be allocated to resign them, but they would have loads of money to spend, whether it's used for FA (though I'm not sure players want to play in the Circle City), pick-acquiring with bad contracts, or saving the money for when guys like Haliburton are going to get huge raises. They're getting rid of Brogdon's and Buddy's contracts, which run into the future and are pretty hefty. They immediately buyout Westbrook.

Draft: Jaden Ivey at #5, Tari Eason at #15, Christian Koloko at #31

Starting 5:

Haliburton-Ivey-Oubre-Grant-Bitadze

Bench 5:

Duane Washington-Duarte-Eason-Jackson-Koloko

Rest of bench:

Terry Taylor-Nate Hinton and a bunch of FAs

Pistons

Sexton is the perfect backcourt partner next to Cade Cunningham and fits the timeline of the roster. Cunningham can run the show, playing as their primary ballhandler and providing assists and scoring. Sexton can be the go-to guy when they need a bucket, as last year he averaged almost 25 points per game. Giving up Grant stings, but Sexton is a better fit with age and with his playstyle.

Draft: Chet Holmgren at #3

Starting 5:

Cunningham-Sexton-Bey-Holmgren-Stewart

Bench 5:

Frank Jackson-Joseph-Diallo-Bagley-Olynyk

Rest of bench:

Saben Lee-Carsen Edwards-Livers-FA-Garza

Lakers

This should be the easiest sell. They get rid of Westbrook and that awful contract but still get a lot of value in return, without giving up the 2027/2029 firsts or Austin Reaves. Kevin Love had a great bounceback year with Cleveland and would be able to use his shooting on the Lakers who need it. Plus, he already knows Lebron from Cleveland. Buddy is another floor-spacer, and was a target for them last year, even though nothing came out of it. TJ McConnell can be a great backup/starting PG who provides great defense.

Starting 5:

McConnell-Hield-Lebron-AD-FA

Bench 5:

Nunn-Reaves-Stanley Johnson-Love-FA

Rest of bench:

FA-McClung-Windler-Gabriel-FA

Hornets:

They finally get their center. Even though it's a high price, Myles Turner is worth it, as he's a great rim protector and stretches the floor. They also get two additional seconds to offset the loss of #15.

Draft: Nikola Jovic at #13, Justin Lewis at #40, Dereon Seabron at #46

Starting 5:

Ball-Rozier-Hayward-Bridges-Turner

Bench 5:

FA-Bouknight-Cody Martin-Jovic-Plumlee

Rest of bench:

FA-Seabron-Lewis-McDaniels-Thor-Richards


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