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5 Best Trade Packages For Russell Westbrook That Lakers Might Accept

5 Best Trade Packages For Russell Westbrook That Lakers Might Accept

There is no secret that the Lakers want to move on from Russell Westbrook, as the team has accepted the fact that they dropped the ball in trading for the former MVP. He did not fit well with LeBron James on the court at all, and hopes that The King would figure it out are ideas of the past. In order to maximize the Lakers’ chances, they have to move on from Russ as soon as possible because they could be at risk of starting the point guard for another season. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook could be out to prove doubters wrong that he is past his best and is actually still capable of playing like an All-Star.

Well, there could be some movement in the works. Russell Westbrook has reportedly listed his Los Angeles home for sale, and that could be excellent news for Lakers fans and the Lakers organization as a whole. After all, bringing in Patrick Beverley has to be a passive-aggressive move to force the point guard to accept a lesser role or force him to accept a trade, right? All jokes aside, after a season filled with frustration and poor play, moving on from Westbrook would be the right step in the right direction for the Lakers and the player himself.

There might be some other teams that might want to take Westbrook on their books, and there are 5 leading teams right now. No doubt, Westbrook is still one of the most exciting players in the NBA because he still has enough athleticism to throw down dunks, and his triple-double ability has somehow captivated fans every night. If the Lakers do end up trading Russell Westbrook, it could affect both the team and the players in the short and long term. Without further ado, here are the expected trade packages that see Russell Westbrook joining a brand new team next year.

Charlotte Hornets

Russell Westbrook Charlotte Hornets

Trade Package: Gordon Hayward for Russell Westbrook, 2027 First Round Pick

Because James turns 38 years old next year, the Los Angeles Lakers must win now. The King is still certainly a top-10 player in the game, and when Davis is fired up and prepared to play, he has top-5 potential. Together, they contributed to the development of a champion team in 2020, along with a group of shooters and defenders. Defense and outside shooting were the team's selling points, two things that Russell Westbrook cannot now do at this point in his career.

Instead, Hayward can make threes at a very fast rate and add size to the wing. At the very least, the former All-Star adds experience, basketball IQ, and shooting potential to a team that desperately needs all three. Losing the first-round pick might sting a little, but they are getting back a starting-caliber wing for the price of a poorly fit point guard.

The Hornets are concentrating on the future in the interim. Given the current makeup of the Eastern Conference, they will not succeed there. At this point, Charlotte is well behind the Bucks, Heat, Nets, 76ers, and Celtics. LaMelo Ball has the makings of a superstar, but he still has a ways to go. In its place, the Hornets can free up space by trading Hayward so they can add a real All-Star to combine with Miles Bridges and Ball. The opportunity for Charlotte supporters to witness the latter years of one of the most athletic point guards in NBA history, as well as their owner Michael Jordan's contented sideline viewing, maybe the most significant. The future is bright in Charlotte, and the franchise should focus on the dynamic skills of LaMelo Ball. Acquiring Russ would be interesting for next season because, after that, the sky is the limit for them.

Utah Jazz

Russell Westbrook Utah Jazz

Trade Package: Mike Conley Jr for Russell Westbrook, 2027 First Round Pick

The Utah Jazz is blowing the team up, as evidenced by the fact they moved on from Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. The All-Star duo should have worked on the court, but the rumors of them not getting along proved to be true. Gobert made multiple Defensive Player of the Year awards, Mitchell was a bona fide star, and the Jazz went all-in by acquiring pieces including Bojan Bogdanovic and All-Star point guard Mike Conley Jr. Obviously, a soon-to-be 35-year-old point guard is not in the plans for a rebuilding Jazz squad.

Conley fits better with the Los Angeles Lakers because he is a far better shooter and defender than Westbrook and will fit perfectly alongside LeBron James in the lineup. The former Memphis Grizzlies star has shot over 40% from three the past two seasons and is a steady point guard who is perfect as a third or fourth option on a championship team. The Lakers could change their entire lineup with the acquisition of Conley, and all they might need to give up is a first-round pick. Of course, this deal also benefits Russell Westbrook as well.

Westbrook can be the primary ball-handler and performer for the Jazz, and return to his triple-double ways with the hopes of making an All-Star Team yet again. The former MVP needs his own team in the twilight of his career because he needs to prove he is not washed up for the sake of ending his career on a good note. Of course, Westbrook will be off the books in 2024, which fits in Utah’s plan. Russ can also help develop Collin Sexton, who can learn how to play hard and put up big numbers.

Miami Heat

Russell Westbrook Miami Heat

Trade Package: Kyle Lowry, Duncan Robinson for Russell Westbrook, 2027 First Round Pick

The Miami Heat are in win-now mode because they have a legitimate top-10 player in the world in Jimmy Butler and a host of tough-nosed players and other talents, including Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro. Not to mention, Kyle Lowry had a bad season as he posted 13.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 7.5 APG through 63 games and only posted 7.8 PPG and 4.7 APG in the playoffs. Lowry looked old and out of shape, not to mention slow and inefficient in the postseason. Miami needed more from their point guard, and he underdelivered.

Instead of hoping a 36-year-old point guard return to elite shape, perhaps packaging him and dead weight in Duncan Robinson makes sense for them. At the very least, Westbrook will play hard and possibly conform to the Miami Heat style of play built on defense and toughness. No doubt about it, Russ plays hard and will be a player Jimmy Butler will welcome in with open arms. If the Heat can get Russ to play a defensive-minded role and take smart shots, they are in the mix for a championship.

This trade helps the Lakers because they are getting two very solid shooters to place around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Lowry shot 37.7% from three last season and is an above-average shooter when he gets going. Duncan Robinson is on a big contract, but he is one of the best pure shooters in the game. But this deal helps Russell Westbrook most because he can still play in a big market to play hard with the hopes of winning his first championship. Overall, this deal works for every party involved.

Indiana Pacers

Russell Westbrook Indiana Pacers

Trade Package: Buddy Hield, Myles Turner for Russell Westbrook, 2027 First Round Pick, 2029 First Round Pick

Obviously, this is the deal that Lakers fans are hoping and praying will go through. Buddy Hield and Myles Turner hit two stones with one stone in the form of sharpshooting and defense. Losing the two first-round picks will hurt the Lakers in the long term, but going after another championship is far more important. A player of LeBron James’ capabilities will never come by again, so the Lakers need to cash in while the iron is hot. Of course, it will take some convincing for the Lakers to get Indiana to accept this offer.

The Pacers only have a year of Westbrook on the roster before having over $40 million off their salary cap, so that would be a solid rebuilding move along the first-round picks. Indiana might want to tank for Victor Wembanyama, and losing games on purpose while marketing a former MVP in Westbrook could make a ton of sense for the franchise. No doubt, this deal works best for the Los Angeles Lakers and, specifically, LeBron James.

It has been reported that the Lakers went for Russ instead of Buddy Hield, and that backfired. But now, Los Angeles has a chance to right their wrongs by bringing in an elite sharpshooter but also adding in a center who has led the NBA in blocks and can also hit outside shots. Surrounding two shooters around LeBron makes a ton of sense, and Turner provides cover for Anthony Davis by giving the All-Star a chance to return to his favored power forward position. Of course, Westbrook gets his chance to start games and be the undisputed man in Indiana as a mentor to budding star Tyrese Haliburton.

Toronto Raptors

Russell Westbrook Toronto Raptors

Trade Package: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr for Russell Westbrook, 2027 First Round Pick, 2029 First Round Pick

The Toronto Raptors made the playoffs last year, but as their team is set up, there aren’t many untouchables outside of Rookie of the Year winner Scottie Barnes. The Canadian team might want to shed salary with the hopes of finding their “new” Kawhi Leonard or a player who can come in and lead the team to a championship. Pascal Siakam is a very solid talent, but he is best suited for being a second or third option rather than being the best player on the team. Russell Westbrook could help Toronto get into the playoffs again, and he will be off the books in 2024.

Raptors fans have fallen in look with Fred VanVleet, who was a first-time All-Star and a player who can compete well on both ends of the floor. Gary Trent Jr is a player who can shoot the three and can also get hot quickly, but he could be packaged in a deal that will clear a ton of cap space. Not to mention, receiving two first-round picks is a massive boost to the franchise’s stash when the Lakers are probably done and dusted in a few years’ time when The King is retired. But no question, Los Angeles and even Russell Westbrook end up being big winners in this deal.

The Lakers acquire an All-Star guard who can be a primary playmaker, shot-maker, and perimeter defender. Also, they get a sharpshooter who can space the floor well and also score the ball effectively. Losing two first-round picks is not ideal, as we have seen in recent trade rumors, but the Lakers might have to bite the bullet. No doubt about it, VanVleet and Trent Jr help the Lakers get back to one of the top-3 seeds in the Western Conference. Of course, Westbrook gets his chance to help lead a team into the playoffs and will be a mentor for young Scottie Barnes, who is still learning the ropes of being a star in the league.  


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