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The smartest Westbrook trade the Lakers could make


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Lakers

Lakers

+3 players ($38.8m),
Cap Impact - $9.8M
  • Alec Burks
    Alec Burks
    SG, 6' 6", 0.29 LEBRON
    Primary Ball Handler

    $10.0M

    2yrs

    9
  • Bojan Bogdanovic

    RS

    Bojan Bogdanovic
    SF, 6' 7", 0.23 LEBRON
    Recently Signed | Movement Shooter

    $19.5M

    3yrs

    9
  • Nerlens Noel
    Nerlens Noel
    C, 6' 11", -0.72 LEBRON
    Roll + Cut Big

    $9.2M

    2yrs

    9

+4  Wins

+24.40  MPG

-1.21  Off.

+2.36  Def.

Pistons

Pistons

+2 players ($47.1m) +2 picks,
Cap Impact + $8.2M
  • Russell Westbrook
    Russell Westbrook
    PG, 6' 3", -1 LEBRON
    Shot Creator

    $47.0M

    1yr

    14
  • Austin Reaves
    Austin Reaves
    SG, 6' 5", -0.35 LEBRON
    Stationary Shooter

    $1.5M

    1yr

    14
  • draft-pick-player

    2029 - Round 1

    14
  • draft-pick-player

    2027 - Round 1

    14

-4  Wins

-24.40  MPG

+1.21  Off.

-2.36  Def.

NOTE: Since the Pistons used cap space to acquire Bodganovich i believe he is eligible to be traded now. If not this trade would not be able to be completed until NOV 21.

Three reasons this is the smartest Westbrooktrade the Lakers can possibly make.

  1. Bojan and Burks could instantly help solve their 3pt shooting woes and provide better spacing for Lebron and AD.

  2. All 3 of the players the Lakers would be acquiring either have an expiring contract or a team option for next season, so they would still have $30M+ in cap space availble to spend next offseason. Plus all 3 of these players will have bird rights so they could circle back and sign all 3 of them after they spend that $30M in available cap space.

  3. Noel when healthy is a defensive beast and would be the best center on the roster

On the Pistons side they land gold in the form of 2 future unprotected picks for 3 players who likely were not part of their future and by trading away these players early in the season likely increase their odds of landing Wembanyama in the draft lottery


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