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Spurs, Pacers could benefit from desperate Lakers with this Westbrook trade

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With reports that the Los Angeles Lakers are looking to add more 3-point shooting via trade, the San Antonio Spurs are in a prime position to be the team they trade with. The Spurs would benefit greatly from any deal with the Lakers, but the Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers, and Utah Jazz are other possible teams vying to be the ones to make a deal with them. That being said, a proposed three-team trade could pull both the Spurs and one of those teams into a deal with the Lakers.

One such deal would be a three-team trade between the Spurs, Lakers, and Pacers. Multi-team deals can be complicated, especially with so much in salaries included. Virtually any deal involving the Lakers would have to include former league MVP turned scapegoat Russell Westbrook, who is earning a massive $47 million this season.

Not many teams can afford to take back such a large contract, but fortunately for the Lakers, both the Pacers and Spurs can afford to do so if they offset some salaries. This gives Los Angeles options -- expensive options, but still options nonetheless. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at the specifics of a three-team Westbrook trade.