While the rumor mills have slowed down during the dog days of summer, it's still heavily expected that there will be at least one blockbuster trade before the 2023 NBA trade deadline. If one were to eventually happen, a team like the San Antonio Spurs would likely have to get involved.
While a trade involving Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, or both could conceivably be constructed without a facilitating team like the Spurs or Pacers, it would be exponentially harder to pull off. As such, rumors from insiders have indicated San Antonio is willing to hold on to its cap space for as long as needed.
No matter what new head coach Darvin Ham says, I think the Los Angeles Lakers know deep down that they aren't going to be contenders with Russell Westbrook and his contract still on the books. While he might end up starting the season on the roster, I would be surprised if he ended it in Los Angeles.
With all that said, if the Spurs are needed to absorb his contract and subsequently but him out, they'll be willing to do that for the right price. Over at Lake Show Life, Jason Reed proposed a couple of trades involving San Antonio that could be agreeable among all three sides of a Spurs/Nets/Lakers trade. After the jump, I'll assess option one.