NBA Rumors: Lakers Get Mike Conley, Shooters In Proposed Trade Centered Around Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook
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Ernesto Cova

The Los Angeles Lakers have historically been tied to all the big names in the NBA. Also, having LeBron James on the team all but guarantees that you'll have an easy time recruiting more stars to pack their bags and leave for Southern California.

Nonetheless, that hasn't been the case this summer, as the Lakers have no salary cap space due to Russell Westbrook's $47 million contract.

Lakers Must Move Westbrook

Russell Westbrook
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That's why they need to find a way to get rid of him while they still can. He's not a good fit for their roster and their title chances are quite slim with him on the team, according to Bleacher Report's Greg Swartz:

“There’s simply no way the Lakers can compete for a title next season with Westbrook as the team’s starting point guard, even if LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Westbrook are supposedly committed to making it work, per Yahoo’s Chris Haynes," Swartz wrote.

Jazz Could Give Them A Hand

Mike Conley
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With that in mind, maybe the rebuilding Utah Jazz would be willing to help them out. In this proposed scenario, the Lakers would send Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker, and two future first-rounders in return for Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Malik Beasley:

"The West is way too good, and these Lakers are way too thin, especially with so many odd-fitting pieces," Swartz added. "L.A. needs to capitalize on a potential Jazz firesale, even if it means giving up their coveted future firsts.”

Lakers Get Their Shooters

Malik Beasley
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The Lakers need to stretch the floor around LeBron and Anthony Davis, so this would be a no-brainer for them:

“Conley would be an upgrade at point guard, the perfect steady hand to run the offense, get guys into sets and knock down open threes (40.8 percent from deep last season),” Swartz explained. “Bogdanovic (18.1 points, 38.7 percent from three) and Beasley (12.1 points, 37.7 percent from three) would be terrific complementary shooters to place around James and Davis.”

Jazz Stack Up For The Future

Talen Horton-Tucker
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The Jazz would then buy out Westbrook and allow him to sign with any team as a free agent. They'd get a young scorer in Horton-Tucker that could even be their franchise centerpiece when they trade away Donovan Mitchell. Also, they get even more draft capital.

The Lakers have been reluctant to include two first-round picks in any trade for Westbrook, but it's just a matter of time before they realize they won't have a choice.