NBA Rumors: Ben Simmons To Lakers, Russell Westbrook To Knicks In Suggested Three-Team Blockbuster Involving Nets

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Brooklyn Nets point forward Ben Simmons is again expected to be the subject of trade speculations in the 2022 NBA offseason. Despite successfully finding his way out of the Philadelphia 76ers before the 2022 NBA trade deadline, rumors continue to swirl around Simmons and his future in the league.

The Nets are yet to make him available on the trading block. Still, with the uncertainties surrounding his physical and mental health and questionable fit with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, most people believe they are better off moving him again this summer.

Teaming Up With Other Klutch Sports Clients

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One of the most intriguing landing spots for Simmons is the Los Angeles Lakers. In a recent article, Jason Reed of Fansided's Lake Show Life came up with a hypothetical blockbuster trade idea that would enable Simmons to join forces with two huge Klutch Sports clients - LeBron James and Anthony Davis - in Los Angeles. The suggested deal won't only be between the Lakers and the Nets, but it would also involve the New York Knicks.

In the proposed three-team trade, the Lakers would get Simmons, the Nets would receive Evan Fournier and Julius Randle, and the Knicks would obtain Russell Westbrook, a 2027 first-round pick, and the rights to swap first-round picks in 2028.

Lakers Get Size & Defensive Boost

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Similar to his current situation in Brooklyn, there would be some questions regarding Simmons' fit with James and Davis. However, though he remains hesitant to shoot the ball from the three-point range, Reed believes that there are still huge benefits from pairing Simmons with James and Davis.

"Sure, the floor spacing is still not great with Simmons, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis, but the Lakers would have so much size and defense that they can just stick two three-point shooters like Malik Monk with another guard/forward shooter and be just fine," Reed wrote. "Just imagine the defensive ceiling of this team with Simmons and Davis controlling both the perimeter and the paint."

Nets Add Two Starters

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The proposed three-team trade would be worth exploring for the Nets, especially if they want to run it back with Irving and Durant next season. By sending Simmons to Los Angeles, the Nets would be receiving two starting-caliber players capable of spacing the floor. This season, Randle may have gone through plenty of ups and downs, but Reed believes that he would still be an "over-qualified third-best player" on a contending team like the Nets.

Turner would give the Nets another three-point specialist. He and Seth Curry can share the duty as Irving's backcourt partner in Brooklyn.

Knicks Land A Star Guard & Draft Assets

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Meanwhile, the hypothetical three-team deal would be a no-brainer for the Knicks as it would enable them to hit two birds with one stone. Aside from obtaining more future draft assets, swapping the long-term deals of Turner and Randle for Westbrook's expiring contract would allow them to create a huge chunk of their salary cap space in the summer of 2023.

Also, while waiting for his contract to expire, Westbrook could temporarily address the Knicks' need for a new starting point guard. Westbrook may have struggled with the Lakers this season, but he would still be an upgrade over Kemba Walker and Immanuel Quickley in the Knicks' backcourt.

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