The trade market for Russell Westbrook has been dry for ages now. The only known teams that may accept Westbrook in a trade package from the Los Angeles Lakers are the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers need 2 first-round picks in order to accommodate Russ’s $47 million dollar contract that expires next season and will send quality role-players in Myles Turner and Buddy Hield to boost the Lakers’ depth.
With no team wanting to accept Russ without picks, it seems the Lakers will have to part with their 2 future picks in order to get rid of Russ this season. With LeBron James, who is turning 38 next season, the Lakers can’t afford to throw away next season by forcing Russ into the rotation when it clearly didn’t work.
Bleacher Report has suggested that the Dallas Mavericks could be a possible trade partner for the Lakers to explore. Due to Dallas going over the salary cap on an average roster, acquiring Westbrook and a few picks allows them to replenish their asset pool and build to maximize Luka Doncic, who is entering the first year of his rookie extension next season.
Los Angeles Lakers Receive: SG Tim Hardaway Jr., PF Davis Bertans, SF Reggie Bullock
Dallas Mavericks Receive: PG Russell Westbrook, SG Austin Reaves, 2027 and 2029 first-round picks (unprotected) [h/t Bleacher Report]