The Los Angeles Lakers have engaged in trade talks with the New York Knicks and the Utah Jazz, per Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.
Trade talks between the three sides are centered around Donovan Mitchell and Russell Westbrook. However, there is still no deal between the teams.
As Scotto reports, if there is an agreement, Mitchell will join the Knicks, while the Jazz will receive Westbrook. Utah then plans to agree to a buyout with the former NBA MVP.
In addition, two Jazz players (some combination of Bojan Bogdanovic, Patrick Beverley, Jordan Clarkson, and Malik Beasley) would join the Lakers, while the Knicks would send out players to both teams for salary-matching purposes.
For its part, Utah would seek to get significant draft compensation in order to agree to a deal and also acquire Russell Westbrook.
Sources: The Lakers, Knicks and Jazz discussed a three-team trade with Donovan Mitchell landing in New York, Patrick Beverley and another key Jazz player to the Lakers, Russell Westbrook on the move, and draft picks to Utah. More details on @hoopshype. https://t.co/AejGhQPKVK
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) August 5, 2022
There is still no update on whether talks remain ongoing or if interested teams are close to a deal. For their part, the Jazz aim to trade Donovan Mitchell soon and not build the team around him.
The Knicks, on the other hand, want to acquire Mitchell and become a legit powerhouse in the Eastern Conference.
Regarding the Lakers, they want to trade Westbrook and bolster their roster with either a fellow superstar or key role players.