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Utah Creates a Youthful Defensive Machine, Lakers Somehow get a Superstar, KD and Westbrook Reunite in BKN, Hawks Add a Veteran


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Hawks

Hawks

+1 player ($9.2m) +1 pick,
Cap Impact - $635K
  • Royce O'Neale
    Royce O'Neale
    SF, 6' 4", 0.46 LEBRON
    Stationary Shooter

    $9.2M

    2yrs

    29
  • draft-pick-player

    2026 - Round 1

    29

+4  Wins

+1.49  MPG

+1.12  Off.

+0.94  Def.

Lakers

Lakers

+1 player ($30.4m),
Cap Impact - $16.7M
  • Donovan Mitchell
    Donovan Mitchell
    SG, 6' 1", 1.9 LEBRON
    Primary Ball Handler

    $30.3M

    4yrs

    29

+4  Wins

-0.51  MPG

+3.27  Off.

-0.37  Def.

Jazz

Jazz

+4 players ($45.3m) +1 pick,
Cap Impact + $9.9M
  • Ben Simmons
    Ben Simmons
    PG, 6' 11", 2.17 LEBRON
    Roll + Cut Big

    $35.4M

    3yrs

    3
  • De'Andre Hunter

    TO

    De'Andre Hunter
    SF, 6' 8", -1.6 LEBRON
    Team Option | Stationary Shooter

    $9.8M

    1yr

    1
  • Day'Ron Sharpe
    Day'Ron Sharpe
    PF, 6' 11", -0.43 LEBRON
    Roll + Cut Big

    $2.1M

    3yrs

    3
  • Cam Thomas
    Cam Thomas
    SG, 6' 4", -2.42 LEBRON
    Secondary Ball Handler

    $2.1M

    3yrs

    3
  • draft-pick-player

    2022 - Round 1

    via PHI
    3

-4  Wins

+26.82  MPG

-4.49  Off.

-0.14  Def.

Nets

Nets

+1 player ($47.1m) +2 picks,
Cap Impact + $7.3M
  • Russell Westbrook

    PO

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

    $47.0M

    1yr

    14
  • draft-pick-player

    2028 - Round 1

    14
  • draft-pick-player

    2026 - Round 1

    14

-4  Wins

-27.80  MPG

+0.10  Off.

-0.43  Def.

The hope here would be that Kevin Durant would want to reunite with Russell Westbrook enough to convince his Brooklyn Nets to swing a deal for his old friend and his accompanying $47 million salary.

As insurance, the Nets also receive two first-round picks from the Los Angeles Lakers to either ensure their future post-Kevin Durant or to use in future deals to continue to improve the team.

If any squad is going to be willing to take on the last year of Russell Westbrook’s contract, it would have to be the Brooklyn Nets and almost solely due to Kevin Durant’s influence.

As it stands, the Jazz are in a precarious position themselves. It feels likely that, for several reasons, they’ll part with one of Donovan Mitchell or Rudy Gobert this offseason. It just so happens that the Hawks could have an interest in either. In this trade they get neither, but at least they're involved.

Ironically, Hunter is exactly the type of player this year’s Jazz could have used. With Rudy Gobert patrolling the paint, they designed a roster that stacked offensively talented players at the expense of perimeter defense.


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