Wow, almost $140M tied up in 3 players.
If they can trade Westbrook for Kyrie and something (salaries would need to match) sure, that is a good trade for the Lakers but I don't think they are going to be able to trade Westbrook to the Nets or anyone. They may as well give the new coach a chance to see if they can make this work. These 3 were only on the court together for 21 games last season. They did not play well in those games but I just don't see anyone taking Westbrook off their hands even if they include some of their remaining tradeable picks.
I just disagree. Westbrook is only still a Laker because the Lakers haven't wanted to include the draft picks. I expect now, they will either get Kyrie or the Hield/Turner trade with the Pacers that has been rumored. I mean why wouldn't the Pacers do Turner and Hield for Westbrook, 27 and 29 (if they Pacers wanted to dump Theis or McConnel they could do that as well). That is a pretty darn good rebuilding trade given where those picks are. And the Lakers may do that as Hield and Turner would be pretty solid 3rd and 4th options for them. Lakers would be pretty solid with Nunn, Hield, James, Davis, Turner and guys like Walker, THT, Theis/McConnell, Bryant, Jones, Toscano-Anderson, Reaves on their bench. That would also give the Lakers some middle contracts allowing them to be more active throughout the year in the trade market if they wanted to be.