Lakers, Warriors and Nets Fans Hopeful as Massive NBA Name Reportedly Available for Trade

Published 12/16/2021, 9:47 AM EST
Nov 24, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) shoots the ball while Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) defends in the second half at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


NBA All-Star Domantas Sabonis reportedly wants out of the Indiana Pacers. After failing to lead the Pacers deep into the playoffs since 2017, Sabonis now reportedly wants out from the Pacers. He’s the second big man who will request a trade from the Pacers after Myles Turner declared his intention to leave earlier this season. Fans of teams like the Lakers and Warriors hope that the All-Star talent would look to join a championship contender.

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However, this reveals that the Pacers are either heading towards a rebuild or there are issues in the front office. Either way, NBA fans are ecstatic to see that the All-Star talent could be on his way out of the Pacers.

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NBA fans cross their fingers hoping Domantas Sabonis joins their team

What does this mean for the Lakers, Warriors, and Nets?

The Lakers have reportedly indulged in internal discussions about trading Russell Westbrook. Considering that they would look to replace him with All-Star caliber talent, Sabonis would be a good option. Therefore, if Sabonis plays at the 4, LeBron can continue playing at Small Forward and Davis plays center. However, it might not be financially workable for the Pacers since they would have to let go of a lot to make space for Westbrook’s max contract. Hence, this trade might be unlikely.

Dec 13, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the ball while Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) defends in the first quarter at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

For the Warriors, a trade for Sabonis would involve the Pacers asking for nothing less than Draymond Green and a future development player or draft assets. Would the Warriors be willing to get rid of the loyal former All-Star Green? Seems unlikely. However, the case is very different for the Brooklyn Nets.

Are Brooklyn Nets favorites to land Domantas Sabonis?

However, the Brooklyn Nets might be the best trade destination for the Sabonis. Considering that Joe Harris was reportedly on the trade list, he would be the perfect exchange asset for the Nets. Since his salary is very near Sabonis’ and the Nets need Sabonis to fill the long-term absence of Kyrie Irving.

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Nevertheless, Joe Harris is a sharpshooter who may have struggled this season. However, any NBA fan is aware that on his best days, Harris can torch his opponents from beyond the arc.

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Considering that it is still a possibility that Kyrie might return this season, a big four in Brooklyn would undoubtedly make them a force to be reckoned with. Do you think the Nets could pull off such a trade? Consequently, is the Big three about to become the Fantastic Four of the Nets? Let us know what you think.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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