This Nets-Lakers-Spurs Trade Features Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook

In the NBA, half of the battle is knowing your game plan. Teams benefit when they pick a direction and lean into it.

Between the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, the Spurs are likely to win the fewest games in 2022-23. With that said, they’re also the group with the clearest direction.

In fact, nobody could question what the Spurs are doing. Having just traded Dejounte Murray to the Hawks for a wealth of draft capital, it’s quite clear that this organization is focused on the future.

On the other hand, if either the Nets or Lakers had a plan, they’ve long gone awry. The Nets’ situation has grown especially volatile. Kevin Durant has requested a trade, and the organization appears motivated to move Kyrie Irving as well.

Finally, the Los Angeles Lakers have an ill-fitting roster of veterans. They’d probably prefer to swap Russell Westbrook for a point guard who spaces the floor for LeBron James.

Luckily, there happens to be one on the market that’s done exactly that in the past.


San Antonio Spurs Receive: G Russell Westbrook, 2026 First-Round Pick (Swap – LAL)

Brooklyn Nets Receive: F Doug McDermott, F/C Zach Collins, 2027 First-Round Pick (LAL)

Los Angeles Lakers Receive: G Kyrie Irving

Author: Lucy Green