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Exclusive: ‘Earth-Shattering’ 5-Team Mega-Trade Proposal Rocks Lakers

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This NBA trade proposal is not for the faint of heart as it would affect several superstars and the Los Angeles Lakers land two new starters including Kyrie Irving. During his conversations with league staff, Heavy.com NBA insider Sean Deveney received a trade idea for a “mega deal” from an Eastern Conference front office member.

Proposed trades include the Lakers, Knicks, Nets, Pacers and Jazz. The Lakers would get Irving and Buddy Hield in exchange for Russell Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker, two future first-round picks (2027, 2029) and a second-round pick of 2023.

“I think we all knew Jazz would eventually break away from Donovan Mitchell and that’s what the Nets have been waiting for,” the manager explained. “They’d love to get him to Brooklyn themselves, but it might just get too difficult unless they have a Durant deal first, one that’s bringing in a lot of picks and it’s still difficult.” But they can carry on Kyrie. I think we’ve seen these opportunities develop.

“I think whatever it looks like exactly, you’re going to see a mega deal. You know, earth shattering, four teams, maybe five, and some big, big names. The Knicks are in a great position because they have picks from Detroit and Washington, protected picks but they’re valuable. That’s most likely, we’ll have to see, but most likely where Mitchell is going.

“But you can tie that to the Lakers bringing Kyrie and Russell Westbrook to Indiana, Buddy Hield and Myles Turner breaking up, and the Pacers getting a first-round player. Send back some pieces from the Knicks and draft picks as well as the Lakers pick to the Jazz [in 2029]. You can make four picks out of that, plus Evan Fournier, plus Obi Toppin and maybe [Immanuel] Quickly. I do not think so [Jazz CEO] Danny Ainge will want RJ Barrett because he’s on a contract year and do you want to go in there?

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Essentially, the Jazz would agree to trade Donovan Mitchell with some protections in exchange for a couple of roleplayers and a whopping five future first-round picks. The Lakers are getting two players they’ve been most associated with this offseason in Irving and Hield while eventually deducting from Westbrook’s $47 million salary.

“If the Jazz get away with the picks they want, they’re happy,” the Eastern Conference front office staffer continued. “If the Knicks get Mitchell, they’ll be happy. The Pacers drop Buddy and Turner and get a pick back and maybe a second-rounder too, they’re happy. The Lakers would love, say, Kyrie and Buddy, that would be fun, wouldn’t it? The Nets can take on Horton-Tucker and Myles Turner and figure out whether to turn them over or be competitive if they keep Durant.

The executive added a caveat to the already wild Blockbuster proposal: The deal could get even bigger if it involves Kevin Durant. Could the trade get even bigger with the addition of Durant?

“That’s probably the kind of thing we’re going to be looking at here, and obviously things could get bigger and more complicated with Durant if he gets involved,” the NBA exec added.

Here’s a recap of how the “earth-shattering” five-team deal would play out. This mega trade involves nine different players and eight future draft picks. Here’s a rundown of what each team would receive in the proposed trade.

nets

Myles Turner, Talen Horton Tucker and a 2023 second-round pick (Bulls pick, by Lakers)

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Donovan Mitchell

lakers

Kyrie Irving and Buddy Hield

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Russell Westbrook, 1st round pick (Lakers 2027) and 2nd round pick (Detroit 2024, by Knicks)

jazz

Evan Fournier, Immanuel Quickley, and Obi Toppin
Future first-round picks: Detroit, 2023 protected, by Knicks; Washington, 2023 protected by Knicks; Knicks election 2023; Milwaukee 2025 selection, by Knicks, Lakers 2029 selection)

From the Lakers perspective, they would immediately fill a gap by adding more shooting with Hield, who is a career 39.8% three-pointer. The Pacers guard averaged 18.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and one steal while shooting 36.2% from long range during his 26 appearances last season after being traded to Indiana.

Irving is the biggest wildcard of any player involved in this blockbuster proposal, as the star guard only played in 29 games last season and missed a total of 90 appearances over the past two years. The pressure is on Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka to shake up the existing roster, with LeBron James potentially becoming a free agent in 2023.

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Russell Westbrook, 1st round pick (Lakers 2027) and 2nd round pick (Detroit 2024, by Knicks)

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