Report: Lakers, Knicks, Jazz talk about Westbrook and Mitchell’s massive trade

This needs to be emphasized up front: not only has this trade clearly taken place, but things have also remained incredibly quiet on the trade front, and no deal similar to this appears to be happening any time soon. If ever.

However, the Lakers, Knicks and Jazz discussed a three-team deal that would have sent Donovan Mitchell to the Knicks and Russell Westbrook to the Jazz to be bought, with plenty of selection going to Utah and other players in the mix, reports Michael Scotto of Hoopshype.

The proposed three-team trade scenario involved Westbrook going to Utah and buying. Utah would send Donovan Mitchell to the Knicks, a mix of players, including Patrick Beverly and Jordan Clarkson, and Bojan Bogdanovich or Malik Paisley to the Lakers, and the Jazz would receive significant compensation from the Knicks and Lakers. Knicks also had to let go of a veteran salary (stuffing) employee, such as Derek Rose, to help make payroll work.

The Lakers were also interested in a trade for Knicks striker Cam Reddish, who could also become part of a deal. Last season, the Lakers nearly acquired Reddish as part of the massive three-team business talks between the Lakers, Knicks and Raptors at the time.

While this trade makes some sense on the surface, there are also a lot of questions and details, and this is where the devil lies and things get messy.

Questions that begin with: How many choices will you go to jazz? Scotto notes in the same Hoopshype story that Utah wanted more shots in the Mitchell trade than they got in the Rudy Gobert trade, which was essentially five first rounds (four future picks plus 2022 first-rounder Walker Kessler). Depending on their picks in other trade talks, the Lakers will likely only be willing to throw one of their tradable first-round picks into this deal, so would the Knicks throw four or five more first rounds headed to Utah? Would the Jazz want to get at least five first-round runs just for Mitchell plus one or two more to face Westbrook, making the total six or seven?

Then there are the other questions: Who are the players who have returned to the Lakers? Derek Rose and Cam Reddish and maybe a Utah veteran? Will some jazz veterans slip into New York in this trade? There are a lot of potential substitutions for this deal, but like all three-team deals, finding a balance where each team gets what they want and can claim the deal as a win is very difficult.

The biggest benefit of this entire report has to be the jazz’s desire for more of Gobert’s trade for Mitchell – the trade with the French big man has distorted the trade market. It influenced what the Nets expected (but didn’t get) for Kevin Durant, and had other game directors in the league say, “I’m not going over the top and risking the ridicule that Minnesota has faced for one player/deal.” It would be hard for Danny Inge to get that much again.

We don’t know how far these three-team conversations have gone – the teams talk about it Much From surface-level things that never get past that to serious discussions. But it wouldn’t be so shocking if, when things get closer to training camp and Mitchell’s business talks start to heat up again, one of the three teams decides to dump the tires on this deal again.

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