The trade deadline is nearing, and there’s no doubt that a lot of teams will be looking to improve. The Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers will likely be among those teams. Both franchises have cores with veteran stars. LeBron James and Stephen Curry are both experienced superstars, who are in the latter stages of their careers. It thus makes sense for the Lakers and Warriors to make a win-now trade that can increase their chances of winning a championship both this season and in the near future.
The Utah Jazz, on the other hand, could end up being one of the teams that look to bottom out. It has already been reported that they are willing to trade anyone on their roster except Lauri Markkanen and Walker Kessler. Since they are a rebuilding team, it makes sense for them to move on from some of their players and get some draft compensation and high-potential prospects.
This trade scenario features a 3-team deal with the Lakers, Warriors, and Jazz. The Jazz would get a number of players and draft compensation, while the Lakers and Warriors would get key veterans that could help them compete immediately.
Los Angeles Lakers Receive: Jordan Clarkson, Collin Sexton, Kevon Looney
Golden State Warriors Receive: Jarred Vanderbilt, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Talen Horton-Tucker
Utah Jazz Receive: Russell Westbrook, Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, 2027 First-Round Picks (LAL), 2029 First-Round Pick (LAL)
This trade scenario could potentially be a good move for all three teams. Here is why the Utah Jazz, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Golden State Warriors should make this deal.
Los Angeles Lakers Receive Immediate Help
The Los Angeles Lakers have refused to trade their first-round picks thus far, and it is clear that they are hoping to get a star-level player if they become available. However, perhaps a deal for some key veterans could end up helping them out, even if they are not star-level. In this deal, Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton would be the key additions.