The Los Angeles Lakers have done everything they can to present a strong front when it comes to the NBA trade market. Everyone knows that they would love to trade point guard Russell Westbrook, which certainly puts them at a disadvantage when it comes to negotiations.
Teams know that Los Angeles wants to part ways with him, so they are setting a very high asking price. The going rate according to reports is that teams want two first-round picks to take on Westbrook, who is owed $47.1 million for the upcoming season.
Looking to gain any edge they can, it has been reported that the Lakers are open to and willing to keep Westbrook on the roster heading into the season.
Based on his actions and the less than stellar relationship that he seems to have with LeBron James, it would seem their willingness to have him on the roster isn’t genuine, but whatever aids them in negotiating trades they will try.
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While the biggest rumors have involved the Brooklyn Nets and acquiring Kyrie Irving, that may not be a realistic avenue for the Lakers to go down. A third team would likely have to get involved as the Nets don’t seem interested in bringing Westbrook back.
One team that has been mentioned as a potential facilitator in a three-team deal is the Indiana Pacers. They have been mentioned as a Westbrook suitor for a while and could get involved in negotiations on their own instead of waiting on the Nets.
What could a deal with the Pacers centered around Westbrook look like? Let’s take a look at some hypothetical trade packages that would land the mercurial point guard in Indianapolis.