Should Dallas Mavericks pass or pursue Kristaps Porzingis trade: 3. Lakers swap
In the same Bleacher Report article, they had the Mavs as the ones acquiring the Lakers' “worst contract” by making this swap of KP for Russell Westbrook.
Making this deal would be a massive shift for the Mavericks. They trade away two centers and a backup guard in Trey Burke for Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker, and Marc Gasol. Gasol has declined in recent years but would give them a capable rotation big man to join Willie Cauley-Stein, Boban Marjanovic, and Moses Brown. Westbrook would start in the backcourt next to Luka Doncic, and Horton-Tucker is a skilled wing that continues to improve.
The fit between Westbrook and Doncic is not ideal. Both players thrive with the ball in their hands, but Westbrooks below-average 3-point shooting makes things a bit clunky.
Yes, Westbrook is only under contract for two more seasons and the Mavericks would be getting a skilled 20-year-old wing to develop, but the fit between their two new stars would be problematic. Westbrook reached the playoffs next to Bradley Beal, James Harden, and Kevin Durant, but he advanced past the first round just once since 2016. The Mavs are unlikely to become true title contenders with Westbrook as their second star making this trade undesirable.