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Russell Westbrook’s trade market consists of only the Utah Jazz and the Indiana Pacers

The Lakers may have to lower their asking price when it comes to a Westbrook deal, or accept the fact that they are going to have to give up both their tradeable first round picks instead
Russell Westbrook’s trade market consists of only the Utah Jazz and the Indiana Pacers

The Lakers are willing to get Westbrook off their roster before the upcoming season

The Los Angeles Lakers have been looking for a way to unload Russell Westbrook all offseason long. But based on how bad he was last season for the Lakers, not many teams have been inclined to get involved in any deal for Westbrook given his massive contract. As the 2022-23 season draws near, it looks like the Lakers' options involving Westbrook are dwindling.

The Jazz and Pacers may be the only teams showing any interest in Westbrook

Westbrook's name has popped up in potential deals for guys like Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets and Donovan Mitchel of the Utah Jazz. But it doesn't seem very likely that a deal for either one of those players will get done anytime soon, which limits the teams that would be interested in Westbrook.

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Despite that, the Lakers are willing to get Westbrook off their roster before the upcoming season. If they intend to do that, they may have to settle for a worse return than they initially hoped for. That's because it sounds like only two teams in the league would be willing to take Westbrook for the upcoming season; the Jazz and the Indiana Pacers.

"As far as Westbrook's trade market, I've heard Indiana and Utah are the two most likely destinations. I think Utah is, from what I've been told, more likely than Indiana. There are several permutations there with Indiana where it could be Myles Turner and Buddy Hield together or one of the two." - Jovan Buha, HoopsHype

Will the Lakers be able to trade Westbrook?

The only reason the Jazz and Pacers would be interested in Westbrook is because they could pick up some extra draft picks from the Lakers. L.A. has two tradeable first-round picks, and it sounds like Los Angeles may have to give up both of them along with Westbrook if they want to be free of his massive contract and poor play.

For the Lakers, they are trying to figure out what the best possible return for Westbrook would be. They are reportedly looking for someone they could throw into their rotation in place of Westbrook, and would need a player or two coming back their way in return for Westbrook and their two tradeable first-rounders.

So far, they haven't been able to get that, and the Lakers may have to lower their asking price if they want to get rid of Westbrook. There is still time for a trade to happen, but considering how close the season is and how few suitors there are for Westbrook, Los Angeles may have to decide on his status for the upcoming season sooner rather than later.


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