Lakers Rumors: Proposed Trade Lands LA Mike Conley & Jordan Clarkson for Russell Westbrook


Lakers star guard Russell Westbrook

According to a September 2nd report from Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sportsthe Los Angeles Lakers “have some curiosity” within the veterans who’re nonetheless on the Utah Jazz following the Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell trades and Heavy’s Sean Deveney has a commerce concept for LA and Utah.

In a September ninth piece, Deveney proposed that the Lakers commerce Russell Westbrook and a 2027 first-round decide to the Jazz for guards Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson.

“Conley can be the actual prize right here, a veteran set-up level guard who can run the staff, rating when he must and customarily match a task,” Deveney wrote. “The bonus: The Lakers can be freed from the Westbrook experiment and get a remade bench with (Patrick) Beverley and Clarkson main the cost. Also, it prices the Lakers only one first-rounder. Teams speaking with the Lakers about Westbrook have held out hope that they’ll pressure LA to surrender each of its obtainable picks, in 2027 and 2029. The considering has been that one decide is for taking up Westbrook’s contract and shopping for him out, and the opposite is for the gamers the Lakers would obtain in return.

“The Lakers have resisted that notion and as coaching camp approaches, the Pacers or Jazz are weighing whether or not taking up Westbrook is price simply one of many Lakers picks, each of which determine to be useful. If the Lakers maintain agency, in any case, the groups may wind up with none of LA’s future picks.”

Tony Jones of The Athletic reported on September 2nd that Utah is engaged in commerce conversations round Conley and Clarkson. Both gamers have been linked to the Lakers, who want extra shooters round stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Jazz Could Take Westbrook’s Contract If Lakers Attach Draft Picks

According to a September seventh report from Ric Bucher of Fox Sports, Utah is likely to be keen to tackle Westbrook’s contract if Los Angeles throws in a first-round decide or two. Westbrook picked up his $47.1 million participant possibility for subsequent season. The Jazz would doubtless waive the nine-time All-Star in the event that they acquired him.

Clarkson and Conley may very well be excellent sidekicks to James and Davis since they’ll shoot from the perimeter. Clarkson hit 190 3-pointers in 2021-22, whereas Conley made 169.

Westbrook, 33, drilled solely 79 pictures from deep final season. He wasn’t match subsequent to James and Davis as a result of his lack of ability to hit perimeter pictures. The future Hall of Famer shot 29.8% from past the arc, and amongst 46 gamers to take a minimum of 1,000 pictures, Westbrook ranked forty second in true capturing proportion.

Conley, a one-time All-Star, will make $22.7 million subsequent season. Meanwhile, Clarkson — who started his profession with the Lakers — will earn $13.3 million. Conley averaged 13.7 factors, 3.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 2021-22 whereas capturing 40.8% from past the arc and Clarkson put up 16.0 factors, 3.5 rebounds and a couple of.5 assists per sport whereas capturing 31.8% from 3-point vary.

NBA Exec: Lakers’ Future Draft Picks Are ‘Powerful’

A Western Conference govt who spoke to Deveney believes the Lakers’ future draft picks are “highly effective.” The govt proposed two trades Los Angeles may make with Utah involving Westbrook and draft picks.

“The two Lakers picks are probably the most highly effective factor so far as picks go within the league proper now,” the exec informed Deveney. “Everyone expects them to be prime picks, and if you will get them unprotected, everybody needs these. The Lakers solely wish to surrender one and now you need to be considering, if you happen to’re the Lakers, OK, (Malik) Beasley, (Bojan) Bogdanovic and Jarred Vanderbilt for certainly one of these picks and Russ? Or, you recognize, Clarkson or Conley in there? You’re going to need three of these 5 gamers, surrender Westbrook and solely deal off one of many picks. Danny (Ainge) would possibly get extra picks if he sells these off individually however he isn’t going to get higher picks, and that’s the factor the Lakers have as a bonus.”

According to an August 18th report from Marc Stein of Substack, James — who signed a two-year extension with the purple and gold — has been assured that the Lakers are keen to commerce each of their obtainable future first-round picks in 2027 and 2029 to enhance the roster.

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