This must be emphasized in advance: not only did this trade clearly happen, but things also happened Incredibly quiet on the commercial frontAnd no deal like this appears likely any time soon. If ever.
However, the Lakers, Knicks, and Jazz discussed a three-team deal that was to be sent Donovan Mitchell for nyx And the Russell Westbrook to jazz to buy, as a lot of the selection goes to Utah and the other players in the mix, Michael Scotto reports from Hoopshype.
The proposed three-team trade scenario involved Westbrook going to Utah and buying. Utah will send Donovan Mitchell to the Knicks, a combination of two players, including Patrick Beverly And the Jordan ClarksonOr Bojan Bogdanovic or Owner Beasley to the Lakers, and the Jazz will receive significant compensation in the draft pick from the Knicks and the Lakers. The Knicks also had to give up veteran salary fillers, like Derek rose To help make payroll work.
The Lakers were also interested in trading the Knicks forward Cam Reddish, which can also become part of the trade. 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 story as Hoopshype Utah wants more shots in the Mitchell deal than they got in Rudy Gobert tradewhich was basically five of the first round (four future picks plus 2022 first round one Walker Kessler). Based on their choices in other business conversationsThe Lakers were only willing to throw one of their tradable first-round picks into this deal, so would the Knicks have thrown four or five more first-round picks 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. You have affected what Expect (but don’t get) for Kevin Durant, and had other global managers across the league say, “I’m not going to go over the top and risk 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.