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The Mega 4-Team Trade Idea: Nets Get 6 Players And 10 First-Round Picks, Jazz Land Kevin Durant And Deandre Ayton

The Mega 4-Team Trade Idea: Nets Get Six Players And 10 First-Round Picks, Jazz Land Kevin Durant And Deandre Ayton

There are a lot of trade rumors swirling around right now, with names like Kevin Durant, Deandre Ayton, and Kyrie Irving, among others being in the news cycle. Perhaps one trade could move a large number of those players all at once.

This 4-team trade scenario would feature the Utah Jazz, the Brooklyn Nets, the Phoenix Suns, and the Los Angeles Lakers. Each team would get a package that suits its goals, and there is a lot of star movement involved.

Utah Jazz Receive: Kevin Durant, Deandre Ayton

Brooklyn Nets Receive: Russell Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker, Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jordan Clarkson, Rudy Gay, 2023 First-Round Pick (UTA), 2023 First-Round Pick (MIN via UTA), 2023 First-Round Pick (PHX), 2025 First-Round Pick (PHX), 2026 First-Round Pick (UTA), 2026 First-Round Pick (MIN via UTA), 2027 First-Round Pick (UTA), 2029 First-Round Pick (UTA), 2029 First-Round Pick (MIN via UTA), 2029 First-Round Pick (LAL)

Phoenix Suns Receive: Ben Simmons

Los Angeles Lakers Receive: Kyrie Irving, Landry Shamet, Dario Saric


Utah Jazz Create A New Big Three

To start, this trade would happen only if Kevin Durant agrees to play for the Utah Jazz. The Jazz are not listed among Durant's preferred destinations, but perhaps playing next to Donovan Mitchell and Deandre Ayton can be appealing to him. He would also have some solid role players on the roster, such as Malik Beasley and Patrick Beverley, and with this trade, the Utah Jazz would become true contenders for the NBA championship. Some reports suggested that the Utah Jazz want to avoid a rebuild and "retool" their roster around Donovan Mitchell, and this trade would let them do so. 

The Utah Jazz would have to send out 7 first-round picks to the Brooklyn Nets, alongside Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jordan Clarkson, and Rudy Gay. There's no doubt that this is a lot to send out: sending out 7 unprotected first-round picks has the potential to ruin the franchise's future.

At the same time, getting a top-tier player in Kevin Durant and an elite young big man in Deandre Ayton is absolutely worth it. The Utah Jazz would have the best big three in the Western Conference and would still have some draft picks remaining to use going forward. Deandre Ayton and Donovan Mitchell are both younger players as well, and they could become the centerpieces of the franchise as Kevin Durant ages.

Generally, trading for a player like Kevin Durant is a good idea. It becomes an even better idea when the franchise has Donovan Mitchell already on the roster and is also adding Deandre Ayton via sign-and-trade. This trade would give the Utah Jazz one of the best squads in franchise history, but it is also high-risk high-reward trade for the team due to the number of assets they would have to send out.


Brooklyn Nets Get A Historic Amount Of Draft Picks

There has been no trade deal in recent memory that has gotten a team 10 first-round picks in one transaction. That is a lot of draft picks, and getting that amount of draft compensation in a trade would clearly set a team up for the future. That is the sort of draft compensation that the Brooklyn Nets would receive in this trade.

By trading away Ben Simmons and Kevin Durant, the Brooklyn Nets would get a number of players alongside the aforementioned 10 first-round picks. Russell Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker, Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jordan Clarkson, and Rudy Gay are all solid players. Some of those players would also be on expiring contracts and would be off the Nets' books after the 2022-23 season. 

The key appeal for the Brooklyn Nets would obviously be the draft compensation. But they could also trade players like Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson later on to get even more assets for their hypothetical rebuild. Talen Horton-Tucker would be a prospect they could develop on their roster. There is absolutely some positive value in the players that the Nets would be receiving.

Overall, this deal would get the Brooklyn Nets a solid foundation for their rebuild, especially considering that they are a franchise that is good at drafting players. They are a team that could put those 10 first-round picks to good use.


Phoenix Suns Get A Versatile Defensive-Minded Big Man

It is clear that the Phoenix Suns want to replace Deandre Ayton with another high-level contributor this offseason. In this trade, they wouldn't be getting Kevin Durant, but they would be getting a multiple-time All-Star and elite defensive player in Ben Simmons.

Ben Simmons' biggest skills are his ability to make plays for others and his multi-positional defense. Simmons lacks versatility in the scoring department, but he is a solid finisher at the rim. He is the perfect player to be the third scoring option behind Chris Paul and Devin Booker, and he and Mikal Bridges would make an elite tandem on the defensive end. Ben Simmons notably thrives when playing with other shooters, and with players like Cam Johnson, Mikal Bridges, and Jae Crowder spacing the floor for him, he could be lethal.

The Phoenix Suns would also have to send out two first-round picks alongside Dario Saric, Landry Shamet, and Deandre Ayton to get Ben Simmons on their roster. However, that seems like a solid price to pay to get a player that will be a DPOY candidate when healthy. He is individually better than Deandre Ayton when it comes to their peak ability, and if he is aggressive offensively, the Suns could be an amazing squad on both ends of the floor.

While he is used to playing the PG position, it is quite likely that Ben Simmons would be the PF or the C for the Phoenix Suns. He would get a lot of easy baskets from Chris Paul's passing ability, and he could also be the tertiary ballhandler for the team when called upon to do so. 

This deal would help the Phoenix Suns increase their ceiling, as adding Ben Simmons would give them a different dynamic on both ends of the floor. Having a core featuring Devin Booker, Chris Paul, Ben Simmons, and Mikal Bridges would be amazing, and they would be a top-tier team in the Western Conference.


Los Angeles Lakers Put Kyrie Irving Next To Anthony Davis And LeBron James

The Los Angeles Lakers have long been listed as suitors for Kyrie Irving. Irving is known for being an elite shot creator, and he is the perfect point guard to put next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Kyrie Irving is an amazing off-ball player who can also create for himself at a high level when on the ball, and he is also known for showing up in the biggest moments. Notably, Kyrie Irving won a championship in 2016 as the No. 2 offensive option behind LeBron James.

In this trade, the Lakers would have to send out Russell Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker, and the 2029 first-round pick to get Kyrie Irving. This is fair value to get Kyrie Irving, especially considering he's on an expiring deal. It was noted that the Lakers are the only team bidding for his services as well.

If Kyrie Irving ends up signing a long-term deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, this trade would be an absolute win for the team. They would be competitive with him, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis for the next few years, and eventually, they could end up trading him again if things don't work out. 

The Los Angeles Lakers would also get two solid role players in Landry Shamet and Dario Saric, both of whom are respectable shooters. That would definitely be beneficial for their depth, as a majority of their roster features players on minimum contracts with limited skillsets.

Getting rid of the 2029 first-round pick definitely sacrifices some of the future for the Los Angeles Lakers, but that is undoubtedly worth it for the team to have another shot at the championship.


This Trade Is A Win For Every Franchise Involved

This deal will help each team in its own way. The Brooklyn Nets would get an elite package for a rebuild, the Utah Jazz would become contenders, the Phoenix Suns would get a replacement for Deandre Ayton, while the Los Angeles Lakers would get their third star in Kyrie Irving.

While there are definitely complexities when making and executing a multi-team trade, this trade scenario is one of the better 4-team trades out there, and it should help each team further its goals. We'll have to wait to see if a deal with this framework ends up being agreed upon between these four teams.