New Trade Proposal Gives Lakers Former 3rd Overall Draft Pick & Vet Big Man

The Los Angeles Lakers have just finished another disappointing season. The front office is about to make big changes. They got rid of Frank Vogel and search for the new head coach. The same goes to struggling players on the Lakers roster. Russell Westbrook may be next on the list. NBA analysts have a new trade proposal for the Lakers.

As you may be guessing, Westbrook is the star of the show. Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report says the Lakers could work on a trade deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“The Oklahoma City Thunder are the only team with significant cap space (approximately $32 million). That’s not enough to absorb Westbrook’s $44.2 million in June, but it would work if the Lakers took on Derrick Favors and Mike Muscala (assuming both of their options are picked up for next season before July).

“Oklahoma City is likely to climb over the cap July 1, when Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s extension kicks in. The franchise could aggressively look to take on unwanted contracts in May or June to help two or three teams dump salary—for multiple draft considerations, naturally. For a contract as big as Westbrook’s, the Thunder would certainly demand a pair of first-rounders (likely in 2027 and 2029).”

New trade proposal could help the Lakers get rid of Brodie

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka has to find the right trade partner. The Houston Rockets tries to get Westbrook, but they also wanted a first-round pick. Pelinka turned down the offer, hoping to get a better deal. Will the Thunder give him what he wants? One thing stands for sure. The Lakers have considered moving on from Westbrook.

“L.A. would also get a massive trade exception via the Thunder ($31 million), available for an entire year to help the Lakers find additional talent in future trades. If the team used its NTMLE or BAE, it would have a hard spending limit of $155.7 million, so the Lakers might need to redirect players such as Favors to another franchise to utilize a full exception.”

Pelinka may wait before he makes a move. The Lakers are searching for a new coach. Maybe they will wait to see if the new guy manages to get the best of Westbrook’s skills.