According to Shams Charania, the Utah Jazz have discussed deals with the Los Angeles Lakers that include Russell Westbrook.
Sources: The Boston Celtics offered a Jaylen Brown package to the Nets for Kevin Durant, which Brooklyn rejected and refunded.
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Shams Charania 25 July 2022
Here is what Charania said:
Sources said Utah, New York and Indiana are among the teams that have discussed deals with the Lakers that include Russell Westbrook and venture capital. There appears to be no deal imminent in those talks – the general commercial market begins over the next couple of months out of season.
Before this season even started, most jazz fans probably expected some kind of change that would alter the roster. I don’t think anyone was really expecting the massive moves the jazz made, all pointing to rebuilding. Jazz being a very real possibility for Westbrook is not something that appeared on my jazz bingo card.
But does it make sense. Much has been said about Rudy Gobert’s trade and the large number of shots Jazz received, but Jazz also received some nice starting caliber players in the trade as well. Owner Paisley, Pat Beverly and Jared Vanderbilt have a lot of value. These players will make a lot of sense alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Vanderbilt could be the inside presence alongside Davis while Paisley would provide the shot and Beverley would provide the defense. The question is, will the Lakers be willing to give the shots to the Jazz to make a business deal. LeBron James can’t play forever, and if the Lakers want to take advantage of having one of the greatest players of all time, they’ll probably feel pressure to make the move. It will take at least the first 2026 and it will probably be unprotected, maybe more. We’re talking about Danny Ainge here.
For jazz, this season is shaping up to be the most bizarre season in the team’s history. The Donovan Mitchell trade looks like it will happen later rather than sooner, but it will definitely happen. With the commercial talk of Mitchell still going on and then seeing him replace Westbrook it would be unbelievable. It is doubtful that Westbrook plays jazz; He seems likely to go the way of John Wall in Houston, and not play until the possibility of a trade appears. Westbrook’s statistic dip in L.A. has been widely reported, but if he plays for Utah, he’ll raise the floor in a way the Jazz wouldn’t. That’s why him sitting back and waiting for a deal, or the termination of his contract, makes sense for both sides. Jazz have their eyes on the award and this award is Wembanyama.
We’ll see if anything comes of this but plenty for a quiet Utah Jazz vacation.