The Lakers spoken to Jazz and Knicks a few weeks ago about a hypothetical three-team trade scenario that would see Donovan Mitchell land in New York, with Russell Westbrook go to Utah, league sources tell HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto.
As Scotto explains, the proposed deal would involve at least two jazz players (probably a combination of Bojan Bogdanovic, Patrick Beverly, Jordan Clarksonand Malik Beasley) going to Los Angeles, while the Knicks would send players to both teams for salary equalization purposes. New York would have to trade at least $24.2 million in outgoing salary to match Mitchell’s $30.35 million cap.
The Jazz — who would buy out Westbrook if they acquired him, according to Scotto — would receive significant draft compensation from the Lakers and Knicks for trading Mitchell and accepting Westbrook’s $47 million-plus salary.
Scotto says Lakers interested in Knicks forward Reddish cam in the old days. Additionally, New York has previously expressed interest in Beasley and is now employing Gersson Rosas, who acquired and re-signed Beasley while working in the Timberwolves’ front office. So if all three teams were able to get a deal done, it would be worth keeping tabs on whether the Lakers could land Reddish or if the Knicks could get Beasley.
However, it seems like it’s probably a long shot that the Jazz, Lakers and Knicks will be able to come to an agreement.
Utah, of course, wants a substantial payout for Mitchell, after asking the Knicks for three players and six draft picks last month. And teams that spoke to Los Angeles about Westbrook would seek the Lakers’ first-round picks in 2027 and 2029 (with as little protection as possible) to account for the lower wages. According to multiple reports, LA has so far resisted attaching more than one first-rounder to Westbrook in any proposed trade.
For the Lakers, Jazz and Knicks to reach an agreement, they would have to find common ground on the price tags for the two Mitchells and Westbrook, which will be extremely difficult.
From Scotto’s report, it’s unclear if the three clubs are still actively exploring this scenario or to what extent they see it as viable.