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A Blockbuster 4-Team Trade Idea: Ben Simmons And Jerami Grant To The Lakers, Russell Westbrook To The Pacers

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A Blockbuster 4-Team Trade Idea: Ben Simmons And Jerami Grant To The Lakers, Russell Westbrook To The Pacers

Multi-team trades have become relatively commonplace in the NBA, with multiple players often moving to new destinations due to those transactions. However, they're not easy to get over the finish line, as a multi-team trade has to give multiple franchises satisfactory returns.

In this article, we provide a 4-team trade scenario that could potentially be beneficial to all teams involved. It features Ben Simmons and Jerami Grant going to the Lakers, Russell Westbrook being moved to the Pacers, and Pacers duo of Caris LeVert and T. J. Warren heading to the 76ers. Talen Horton-Tucker and Malik Monk would head to the Detroit Pistons.

Los Angeles Lakers Receive: Ben Simmons, Jerami Grant

Philadelphia 76ers Receive: T. J. Warren, Caris LeVert, Jeremy Lamb

Indiana Pacers Receive: Russell Westbrook, Matisse Thybulle, 2022 first-round pick (PHI), 2026 first-round pick (LAL)

Detroit Pistons Receive: Talen Horton-Tucker, Malik Monk, 2024 first-round pick (PHI), 2028 first-round pick (LAL)

The Los Angeles Lakers Get Two Players To Create A Superteam

The Los Angeles Lakers have clearly been stumbling this season, and this would be a trade that would help them improve on both ends of the floor. It was reported that Ben Simmons and Jerami Grant were players the Lakers would be interested in, and this blockbuster trade would get them both. 

In this scenario, the outgoing players for the Los Angeles Lakers would be Russell Westbrook and Talen Horton-Tucker. They would also send out two future first-round picks in 2026 and 2028. This seems reasonable to send out two get two solid players that would add some athleticism and defense to the roster. Russell Westbrook is a good player, but many have stated that his fit on the Lakers isn't perfect, and it's possible that the Lakers would give him up to get two solid players in return. 

Jerami Grant's fit on the Lakers is straightforward. He is a forward that can guard 1-4, and provide around 18-20 points every game. The Lakers desperately need a player who can provide that sort of two-way impact. Ben Simmons would definitely help the Lakers improve on the defensive end as well. On the offense, the Simmons fit is tricky. However, Simmons would definitely be an improvement over Russell Westbrook as a third or fourth option, as he doesn't commit lots of turnovers and can also run the offense when LeBron James is sitting. 

The Philadelphia 76ers Get 3 Solid Players And Move On From Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons hasn't played one game for the Philadelphia 76ers franchise this season, and perhaps this trade could entice them to move on. The 76ers would get two solid scorers with this trade, in T. J. Warren and Caris LeVert, as well as a solid role player/expiring contract in Jeremy Lamb.

The Philadelphia 76ers would send out Ben Simmons, Matisse Thybulle, and two first-round picks in this trade. While that may seem like a lot to give up, we have to note that the 76ers will most likely be competitive in 2022 and 2024 in this scenario after getting Warren and LeVert, so those picks would have low value. They would also notably keep important players like Tyrese Maxey and Seth Curry, so giving up Thybulle and some low-value picks to get a solid return for Ben Simmons doesn't seem awful.

The key appeal of this trade is obviously getting two shot-creators in Caris LeVert and T. J. Warren. LeVert is currently averaging 17.1 PPG on the season, and with his midrange skill set, he would definitely give the 76ers someone for late-game situations. T. J. Warren is currently out with a foot injury, though it is possible that he'll return this season. Warren is a player that has had multiple 18.0 PPG or higher seasons, and he'd be perfect as an extra scorer and a wing defender on the 76ers. Jeremy Lamb hasn't done well this season, but he shot 40.6% from beyond the arc last season and could slot in at the end of the rotation. If not, then the 76ers can elect not to re-sign him.

Overall, this trade would get the 76ers two solid contributors who could potentially thrive when surrounding a superstar in Joel Embiid. Caris LeVert and T. J. Warren could potentially find a lot of success as supplementary offensive players, and there's no doubt that this 76ers team would become dangerous if this trade were to happen.

Indiana Pacers Get A Legitimate Star

One of the Indiana Pacers' problems for the season is the lack of a top-tier star-level player. Perhaps Russell Westbrook can be that for them. Russell Westbrook would give the Pacers an engine for their offense, and he would have a supporting cast of Malcolm Brogdon, Domantas Sabonis, and Myles Turner surrounding him. Russell Westbrook has been successful as a player who can be the focal point of the offense, and on the Pacers, he'd get that opportunity.

The Indiana Pacers would essentially be sending out Caris LeVert, T. J. Warren, and Jeremy Lamb for Russell Westbrook, Matisse Thybulle, and draft compensation. Obviously getting Russell Westbrook would be appealing for them as a small-market franchise, but the other pieces they get in this trade are solid. Matisse Thybulle is an elite perimeter defender, while the draft compensation could prove to be beneficial down the line.

Overall, this trade would present Indiana Pacers with the chance to acquire a former MVP who would instantly make them a more competitive team. Westbrook is known for being able to take teams to the playoffs, and him with a solid supporting cast could be a good recipe for winning more games.  

Detroit Pistons Get A Young Prospect And Assets For Their Rebuild

The Detroit Pistons making this trade makes sense, as Jerami Grant does not match up with their rebuilding timeline. It would make sense for them to move on from Jerami Grant and get some assets in return.

The return for the Detroit Pistons would consist of Talen Horton-Tucker, Malik Monk, and two first-round picks. Talen Horton-Tucker would likely immediately slot in for the Pistons as a starting guard, as Killian Hayes has not played well. Horton-Tucker is a good slasher and defender, and he'd be a solid partner for Cade Cunningham in the backcourt. Malik Monk would likely leave in free agency, but he could potentially be stellar in the 6th man role on the Pistons roster.

Overall, the Detroit Pistons would get a starting-caliber guard and some draft compensation for the future. The Pistons don't look like a competitive team this year, so making a beneficial trade for themselves while letting Jerami Grant move to a contending team would be great for all parties.