A blockbuster trade to send Russell Westbrook to Indiana was discussed up until media day.

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The Los Angeles Lakers were in deep discussions around moving point guard Russell Westbrook to the Indiana Pacers up until last week, according to The Athletic. However, this trade never materialized and Westbrook remains a Laker today.

Buddy Hield

Buddy  Hield
Position: SG
Age: 28
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 96 kg
Birth place: Bahamas

Still, The Athletic reports that the prospect of Westbrook being traded in the coming weeks and months remains real.

Via the report, the Lakers seriously considered sending Westbrook and unprotected first-round picks in 2027 and 2029 to the Pacers for center Myles Turner and guard Buddy Hield.

Throughout the summer, the Lakers and Pacers discussed several trade iterations. Some included just Turner, such as a package that would have sent Westbrook and one first-round pick for Turner. Others included deals centered on just Hield. 

The Lakers and Pacers also discussed adding a third team, such as the Memphis Grizzlies.

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