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Lakers Bring in a Star Guard on a Cheap Deal, Blazers Partially Retool Around Dame, Knicks Acquire an Intriguing Forward




+1 player ($22.3m),
Cap Impact + $4.0M
  • Anfernee Simons
    Anfernee Simons
    SG, 6' 3", -1.45 LEBRON
    Shot Creator




-5  Wins

-25.42  MPG

-0.16  Off.

-2.52  Def.



+1 player ($6.4m) +2 picks,
Cap Impact - $1.8M
  • Nassir Little


    Nassir Little
    SF, 6' 5", -1.02 LEBRON
    Poison Pill | Stationary Shooter



  • draft-pick-player

    2027 - Round 2

    via NOP
  • draft-pick-player

    2024 - Round 2

    via ATL

-3  Wins

-17.85  MPG

-1.43  Off.

+2.55  Def.

Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers

+4 players ($18.3m) +2 picks,
Cap Impact + $27K
  • Patrick Beverley
    Patrick Beverley
    PG, 6' 1", 1.74 LEBRON
    Primary Ball Handler



  • Kendrick Nunn


    Kendrick Nunn
    PG, 6' 2", -0.52 LEBRON
    Recently Traded | Secondary Ball Handler



  • Cam Reddish
    Cam Reddish
    SF, 6' 8", -3.83 LEBRON
    Movement Shooter



  • Immanuel Quickley
    Immanuel Quickley
    PG, 6' 3", 1.68 LEBRON
    Primary Ball Handler



  • draft-pick-player

    2029 - Round 1

  • draft-pick-player

    2027 - Round 1


+8  Wins

+43.27  MPG

+1.59  Off.

-0.03  Def.

Portland Trail Blazers x Los Angeles Lakers | Trade Explanation

The Blazers could use these assets to retool around Lillard (again) this summer. At the same time, they could also just decide to rebuild. The Blazers owe their pick to the Chicago Bulls with lottery protection this year. They could move Lillard following this deal and make sure that pick doesn’t convey. Between this deal and whatever they receive in that one, the Blazers could be rich with draft capital heading into a rebuilding process.

Some Lakers fans would have them move Russell Westbrook in a bid to land an impact player. Fair. His fit alongside James has long been questioned. At the same time, it’s looking better recently. It may be a smarter choice to hang onto Westbrook and make a move for a younger player on a cheaper deal. Simons would be perfect as a star-caliber shot-creating guard who spaces the floor.

Portland Trail Blazers x New York Knicks | Trade Explanation

If Portland wants to make a win-now move before the trade deadline, it will probably have to part with at least one long-term piece. Shaedon Sharpe is an option there, but he's shown flashes of star upside, which makes trading him during his rookie contract seem like an awful idea. Little is probably right in that sweet spot where he's good enough to entice another organization but moving him shouldn't be devastating to the Blazers.

The Los Angeles Lakers Starting Lineup After The Trade

PG Dennis Schroder

SG Anfernee Simons

SF Lonnie Walker IV

PF LeBron James

C Thomas Bryant

The Portland Trail Blazers Starting Lineup After The Trade

PG Damian Lillard

SG Immanuel Quickley

SF Josh Hart

PF Jerami Grant

C Jusuf Nurkic

The Portland Trail Blazers Bench Rotation After The Trade

(Kendrick Nunn - Reserve)

PG Shaedon Sharpe

SG Patrick Beverley

SF Gary Payton II

PF Cam Reddish

C Drew Eubanks

The New York Knicks Bench Rotation After The Trade

PG Miles McBride

SG Evan Fournier

SF Nassir Little

PF Obi Toppin

C Isaiah Hartenstein