The Los Angeles Lakers are now among the teams interested in trading for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell. Lakers GM Rob Pelinka still wants to strengthen the team’s backcourt, according to Marc Stein.
“If the Knicks can win a trade for Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, or if another team suddenly hits them for Mitchell, league sources say there’s a good chance the Lakers will be involved in the deal,” Stein explained.
“The two future first-round picks the Lakers hold in 2027 and 2029 are top-shelf draft picks that Jazz CEO Danny Ainge is believed to covet.”
Russell Westbrook’s $47 million expiring contract and options could be the Lakers’ entry for a three-team trade … depending on which players land in Los Angeles.
A possible three-team trade involving the New York Knicks. If the Lakers can land Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic and Knicks guard Evan Fournier, their future is set.
Will the Lakers trade Russell Westbrook to the Jazz for Donovan Mitchell?
This is a low risk high reward business. Both Westbrook and Mitchell are solid options. Mitchell suffered an ankle injury during the 2021 NBA Playoffs. That said, he was healthy throughout his five-year career.
Last week, the Lakers traded Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson to the Jazz for Patrick Beverley. Will the front office make another trade with Jazz executive Danny Ainge?
After missing out on the playoffs last season, they are not much to lose. Expectations are always high with LeBron James, though.
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With Beverley and new head coach Darwin Hamm, the Lakers are in better shape now than they were at the end of the 2021-22 season. But one more addition to the roster wouldn’t hurt.
Imagine if Anthony Davis, James, Beverly and Mitchell were on the same team together. For Lakers fans, it sounds too good to be true.
Not to mention, Ainge’s asking price for Mitchell is high. The Lakers would have to give up several first-round draft picks and Westbrook to make this deal happen. Additionally, the two-time season winner is entering his 15th season.
Westbrook made his $47,063,478 player option with the team in late June. The triple-double king last season with the Lakers may have had a down-to-earth season.
However, if one had to decide between the two, Mitchell is now better than Westbrook. In 67 starts with the Jazz last season, the three-time All-Star averaged 25.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
Mitchell scored 32 points in the Jazz’s 99-93 road win over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs.
Also, Mitchell is eight years younger than Westbrook. No idea for a general manager anyway. Having a young star could be the difference between losing in the first round of the playoffs and making it to the NBA Finals.
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