NBA Trades: Lakers bolster roster (and playoff hopes) in huge proposed deal with Nets

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NBA Trades: Would the Nets agree to the deal?

After trading Irving and Durant for a combined five first-round picks, they could add to that haul by dealing Finney-Smith, O'Neale and Dinwiddie to the Lakers. The big draw for the Nets would be reuniting with Russell, who is playing like he did during his All-Star season with Brooklyn. Also, the Lakers 2029 first round pick could be a high lottery pick given that Anthony Davis and LeBron James either won't be under contract or perhaps in the NBA by that point.

Considering that the Nets don't own most of their own first-round picks going forward, adding a future lottery pick from another team would be big for them, ensuring that they can still build through the draft. Of course, they are a big market team and free agency will also be key to them rebuilding around Bridges.

As is, the Nets would likely agree to the deal since they would be upgrading at a key position, acquiring a player on a cheap rookie deal, and adding a possible future lottery pick.

All in all, while this deal is fairly balanced for both sides, the Lakers might want the Nets to sweeten the pot, which might be a non-starter. It remains to be seen whether a deal between the Lakers and Nets will take place before the trade deadline, but with the two sides rumored to be in trade talks, it is certainly possible.