Report: Lakers, Knicks, Jazz talked massive Westbrook, Mitchell trade

This needs to be stressed up front: not only did this trade obviously not go through, but things remain incredibly quiet on the trade front and a similar deal doesn't appear to be happening any time soon. If ever.
However, the Lakers, Knicks and Jazz discussed a three-team trade that would have sent Donovan Mitchell to the Knicks and Russell Westbrook to the Jazz to be bought out, with many picks going to Utah and other players in the mix. reports Michael Scoto from Hoopshype.
The proposed three-team trading scenario involved Westbrook going to Utah and being bought out. Utah would send Donovan Mitchell to the Knicks, a two-player combination including Patrick Beverley and Jordan Clarkson, Bojan Bogdanovic or Malik Beasley to the Lakers, and the Jazz would receive significant draft pick compensation from the Knicks and Lakers. The Knicks would also have had to part with veteran salary fillers like Derrick Rose to get salaries working.
The Lakers have also had an interest in trading Knicks forward Cam Reddish, who could also become part of a trade. Last season, the Lakers almost took over Reddish amid blockbuster three-team trade talks between the Lakers, Knicks and Raptors at the time.
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While this trade makes some sense on the surface, there are also many questions and details and that's usually where the devil lies and things get bogged down.
Questions that start with: How many picks go to the Jazz? Scotto notes in the same Hoopshype story that Utah wants more picks back in a Mitchell trade than it does in the Rudy Gobert trade, which was essentially five first rounds (four future picks plus 2022 first round Walker Kessler). Based on their decisions in other trade talks, the Lakers were likely only willing to throw in one of their two tradable first-round picks in this deal. So would the Knicks have thrown in four or five more first-rounders en route to Utah? Would the Jazz want at least five first-rounders just for Mitchell and one or two more for the Westbrook fight, making a total of six or seven?
Then there are the other questions: Which players came back to the Lakers? Derrick Rose, Cam Reddish and maybe a Utah veteran? Would some jazz veterans slip to New York in that trade? There are many possible permutations of this deal, but as with all three-team trades, it is extremely difficult to find a balance where each team gets what it wants and can claim the trade as a win.
The biggest takeaway from this entire report should be that the Jazz wants a bigger catch than the Gobert trade for Mitchell - the trade for the French Big Man has skewed the trade market. It's impacted what the networks are expecting (but not getting) for Kevin Durant, and it's had other GMs in the league saying, "I'm not going to overdo it and risk losing Minnesota for a player/deal." being mocked.” It will be difficult for Danny Ainge to get that loot back.
We don't know how far these three-team discussions have gotten - the teams talk superficially about MANY things that never lead to serious discussions. But it wouldn't be shocking if, as training camp nears and trade talks with Mitchell warm up again, if one of the three teams decides to step on the hoops again on this deal.
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