The Los Angeles Lakers are currently 21-19, and there's no question that this is a disappointing place to be in the middle of the season. They were expected to be a championship contender, not be close to. 500.
Perhaps a blockbuster trade could be a solution. In this article, we present a scenario where Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis go to the Minnesota Timberwolves, with D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns heading to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Los Angeles Lakers Receive: D'Angelo Russell, Karl-Anthony Towns, Taurean Prince
Minnesota Timberwolves Receive: Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook
The Los Angeles Lakers Get Two Stars Who Fit Well Next To LeBron James
LeBron James has historically done well on teams with a lot of 3PT shooting. It makes sense that players who are good on the perimeter can benefit from LeBron James' playmaking. Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell could potentially be fantastic fits next to LeBron James. In this scenario, Taurean Prince would be present due to salary requirements, but he could potentially be a solid wing-defender for the Lakers.
Karl-Anthony Towns is well-known for being the best shooting big man in the league. Currently, Towns is averaging 24.1 PPG and 9.3 RPG while shooting 41.7% from beyond the arc. Offensively, he would be perfect for the Los Angeles Lakers, and provide spacing for the slashers on the roster. Towns has already stated that he wants to win championships, so joining LeBron James would be an effective way to do that.
D'Angelo Russell is a shot-creating guard with playmaking ability, who also steps up in big late-game moments. D'Angelo Russell is putting up 18.6 PPG and 6.8 APG for the season, and while he hasn't been efficient, that could potentially change when he has less offensive attention on him when he's a member of the Lakers. He could potentially be a solid perimeter option for the team alongside Malik Monk.
Giving up Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook could potentially be a tough ask for the Lakers. But doing so could give the Lakers a different look, and there's no doubt that adding some younger players to mix in with the veterans could turn out well. D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns are players that are hungry to win, and they could do so next to LeBron James.
The Minnesota Timberwolves Get Two Experienced Veteran Stars
The Minnesota Timberwolves have not been to the playoffs since the 2017-18 season, and they had a long playoff drought before that as well. Perhaps what the team needs are players who set a winning culture on the roster, and help Anthony Edwards become that superstar he has the potential to be.
Russell Westbrook has done well as an offensive engine who runs the offense throughout his career, and he has brought teams with subpar talent levels to the playoffs. Perhaps his leadership on a younger roster would help them learn how to get to the postseason.
Anthony Davis would be a direct replacement for Karl-Anthony Towns. He would provide more of a two-way presence for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and if he's healthy he's clearly a top-15 player. He and Anthony Edwards could be a fearsome duo for years to come and could take on a heavier load as Russell Westbrook ages.
Russell Westbrook has been to the NBA Finals, and Anthony Davis has won an NBA championship. There is no question that both of those players are winners. Getting two proven stars could be beneficial for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and make them a team that genuinely can compete for the playoffs and beyond.