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Lakers Get a Pair of Shooters, Celtics Give Horford More Rest, Hornets Do a One-Year Reset




+2 players ($51.6m),
Cap Impact + $3.4M
  • Gordon Hayward
    Gordon Hayward
    SF, 6' 7", -0.97 LEBRON
    Movement Shooter



  • Terry Rozier
    Terry Rozier
    PG, 6' 1", 1.82 LEBRON
    Primary Ball Handler




+6  Wins

+65.59  MPG

+0.78  Off.

+1.07  Def.



+1 player ($0),
Cap Impact + $5.8M
  • P.J. Washington
    P.J. Washington
    PF, 6' 7", 0.02 LEBRON
    Stretch Big




+3  Wins

+27.20  MPG

-0.18  Off.

+0.20  Def.



+2 players ($47.1m) +2 picks,
Cap Impact - $10.3M
  • Russell Westbrook
    Russell Westbrook
    PG, 6' 3", -1 LEBRON
    Shot Creator



  • Max Christie
    Max Christie
    SG, 6' 6"



  • draft-pick-player

    2024 - Round 1

    Top 3 Protected
  • draft-pick-player

    2027 - Round 1


-8  Wins

-92.79  MPG

-0.60  Off.

-1.27  Def.

Charlotte Hornets x Los Angeles Lakers | Trade Explanation

Given the amount of elite-looking talent at the top of the 2023 draft class, doing a one-year reset would be the best long-term option for Charlotte, with the chance to pair LaMelo Ball with Victor Wembanyama or Scoot Henderson for the next decade. This means taking a step back this season, using Westbrook's expiring deal to dump the contracts of Hayward and Rozier while picking up a future unprotected first-rounder and getting a prospect like Christie to develop.

The Lakers get a pair of shooters and playmakers to plug in next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis while still keeping their 2029 first-round pick to use in a future trade.

Boston Celtics x Charlotte Hornets | Trade Explanation

The Hornets may view Washington as a building block for the future, but that speaks more to the lack of foundational talent on their roster (beyond LaMelo Ball) than anything else. And one would imagine a notoriously cheap franchise preferring the cost control of a first-round pick, particularly with Washington due for a new, costlier deal in restricted free agency this summer.

The Celtics can afford to be patient, but not forever. Horford is at a stage of his career where his minutes should be carefully managed if there's to be any hope of him holding up in the playoffs. He's too important to Boston's big-picture goals to run into the ground in November. Fans interested in the Celtics entering the postseason with as high a seed as possible should be uncomfortable with some combination of Blake Griffin, Noah Vonleh and Luke Kornet picking up the rotation slack.

The Los Angeles Lakers Starting Lineup After The Trade

PG Patrick Beverly

SG Terry Rozier

SF Gordon Hayward

PF LeBron James

C Anthony Davis

The Boston Celtics Starting Lineup After The Trade

PG Marcus Smart

SG Derrick White

SF Jaylen Brown

PF Jayson Tatum

C PJ Washington

The Charlotte Hornets Starting Lineup After The Trade

PG Russell Westbrook

SG LaMelo Ball

SF Kelly Oubre Jr.

PF Jalen McDaniels

C Mason Plumlee

The Charlotte Hornets Bench Rotation After The Trade

PG Dennis Smith Jr.

SG James Bouknight

SF Max Christie

PF JT Thor

C Nick Richards