NBA Trade Rumors: Offseason Trade Ideas for the LA Lakers, Golden State Warriors, and Brooklyn Nets

NBA Trade Rumors: With the NBA Offseason nearby, the front offices of the teams have started keeping an eye out for players they’d want in their squads.

It was an especially bitter season for the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Brooklyn Nets.

While the Nets reached the conference semi-finals, it was still a disappointing season for them considering they were the favorites to win the NBA Championship. Injuries did play a major part and Kevin Durant was an inch away from winning it for the Nets.

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As for the Los Angeles Lakers, their whole season was injury-plagued. Taking no credit away from the Phoenix Suns who have reached the NBA Finals for the first time since 2009-10 (after being knocked out by the Lakers themselves). There will be some strong rebuilding of their roster.

The Golden State Warriors did not even qualify for the NBA Playoffs 2021. With Klay Thompson out and their No. 2 draft pick James Wiseman sitting on the sidelines for the majority of the season, Stephen Curry has shown that he can still carry the team. The Warriors might want to build a team around him now with Klay Thompson back.

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Los Angeles Lakers Receive: Buddy Hield

Sacramento Kings Receive: Montrezl Harrell (player option), Kyle Kuzma

Sacramento should not have an issue with Kuzma’s three-year, $39 million extension (2023-24 player option) set to kick in next season. Its roster is short on wings, and he encourages more regular shooting than Maurice Harkless.

The Lakers need to improve their offense. Although Buddy Hield does not give a ton of self-creation, he’s one of the best shooters alive. Since entering the league, he is one of just 17 players putting down more than 40 percent of their triples on at least 1,000 total attempts.

His contract is of three years, $62.5 million guaranteed. He is the perfect supplement to an offense that seems married to playing two bigs, and his salary falls short of back-breaking when it’s on a declining scale.

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Golden State Warriors Receive: Zach LaVine

Chicago Bulls Receive: Kelly Oubre. Jr. (sign-and-trade), No. 7, No. 14, 2022 first-round pick (unprotected), 2023 first-round pick swap (top-one protection), 2026 first-round pick (top-10 protection, pending 2024 obligation to Memphis)

Golden State is obligated to go superstar shopping with its No. 7 and No. 14 picks and should not be opposed to including James Wiseman on top of both in the right deal. What the right deal remains to be seen.

Striking a deal without Wiseman’s addition is the next barrier. The Bulls do not have an urgent need for him with Vucevic in the fold, but he won’t be their long-term solution if they’re trading LaVine.

Bulls’ nucleus is older, and LaVine, while 26, won’t be the bridge to contention in a post-prime-Stephen Curry era without a Wiseman explosion.

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Brooklyn Nets Receive: Montrezl Harrell (player option), Kyle Kuzma

Los Angeles Lakers Receive: Spencer Dinwiddie (sign-and-trade)

It was reported immediately after Brooklyn’s premature playoff exit that Dinwiddie is going to opt-out of his $12.3 million player option for the 2021-22 season. He missed all but three games this past season with a partially torn ACL. Despite this, the expectation is that Dinwiddie is going to have a solid market and will likely move on from the Nets.

Dinwiddie seems like he’s leaving,” an NBA executive told Michael Scotto of HoopHype. “He’ll have a high salary number. I don’t see him staying regardless. I don’t get the sense he wants to be there.

Prior to pretty much missing the entire 2021-22 season, the point guard’s career was on an upward trajectory. He averaged 20.6 points and 6.8 assists in leading the Nets to a playoff appearance back in 2020-21.