The Lakers have talked recently to both the Hornets and Jazz about trades involving Russell Westbrook‘s expiring $47.1MM contract, per Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports.
Sources around the NBA inform Fischer that the Heat are not interested in trading incumbent starting point guard Kyle Lowry in a deal for Westbrook (and presumably future draft equity). Fischer notes that opposing clubs generally are hoping for both of L.A.’s two movable future first-round draft picks, in 2027 and 2029, in any Westbrook deal, a price the Lakers are hesitant to pay.
According to Fischer, point guard Mike Conley, swingman Malik Beasley and big man Jarred Vanderbilt would be a part of any trade for Westbrook if the Jazz and Lakers are able to reach a deal, but Utah is discussing all of those players with other teams as well.
Here’s more from Fischer:
- The Jazz have talked at least to the Hawks, Trail Blazers, and Knicks about trades centered around both Vanderbilt and Beasley as a package deal. Sources inform Fischer that Utah shooting guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker has also been floated in some of these conversations.
- Fischer reports that injured Trail Blazers starting center Jusuf Nurkic can be had on the trade market, though his pricey long-term contract has cooled rival teams’ interest.
- Sources tell Fischer that the Pistons has interest in potentially signing reserve guard Alec Burks to an extension this offseason, as the team did in the fall with veteran forward Bogdan Bogdanovic. Detroit has expressed reluctance to trade either player at the deadline, Fischer adds.
- Timberwolves reserve center Naz Reid has rejected potential contract extensions, making him a possible trade candidate, per Fischer. Reid is hoping to earn something in the neighborhood of $10MM per year, Fischer says, a price Minnesota may be reluctant to pay after having already invested heavily in its starting frontcourt of Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns.
- Fischer adds that other reserve centers could very well be on the move, as his sources indicate that the Sixers, Clippers, Trail Blazers, Nuggets, Nets, Celtics, Raptors and Kings are all looking to improve that position.
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Please do not waste the time with Ainge if Lakers don’t offer 2 unprotected Firsts
According to Fischer, point guard Mike Conley, swingman Malik Beasley and big man Jarred Vanderbilt would be a part of any trade for Westbrook
Reid, a restricted free agent, would require at least a First
Reid will be unrestricted.
So leBron admits he can’t win without being surrounded by all stars. He did the same in Miami and the same in Cleveland. Lakers are playing well lately so why does he need more stars to win?
None of the championship teams LeBron has been on could have won without him either. Isn’t it funny how that works?
well duh. Guess what? The Bucks couldn’t win without antenakopo, the bulls without Jordon, the Lakers without Magic (80s) or Kobe. so whats your point. what were saying is he can’t win without other stars
Name an NBA player who won a chip without other stars.
Dirk and Mav
Pistons won without a star.
Pistons had a whole assortment of “stars.” Isiah Thomas is in the Hall of Fame, rodman was a 2 time all star, Dumars was a 6 time all star. Laimbeer was a four time all star.
The 2004 Pistons had 4 time all star Ben Wallace, 5 time all star Chauncey Billups, 4 time all star Rasheed Wallace, and three time all star Richard Hamilton.
That Mavericks team with Dirk had 4 time all star Shawn Marion, 2 time all star Caron Butler, and Hall of famer Jason Kidd at the end of his career.
Only possible anwer is that Rockets team without Drexler, but they still had Otis Thorpe who was an all star.
1078-79 Seattle SuperSonics
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1076-77 Portland Trsilblazers
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It’s a team gm. Stars don’t win. Teams with stars do. Or even one star.
Love Lowry’s career, love the player, but his contract is currently worse than RW’s to all 30 NBA teams.
Y Sports huh?