The Los Angeles Lakers started the season 0-3, and the team is expected to continue trying to facilitate a trade for guard Russell Westbrook as the season progresses.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reports the team is willing to offer up to two unprotected first-round picks, in 2027 and 2029, to sweeten the $47 million Westbrook commands this season.
Westbrook, 33, struggled to start the season. He had less than 30% of his shot attempts and less than 10% of his three-pointers.
On Sunday, the Lakers led the Portland Blazers 98-90 with 4:42 left in the fourth quarter when coach Darvin Ham put Westbrook back in the game. The UCLA product missed both shots and the Lakers lost the game 104-102.
The Lakers had discussions with the Indiana Pacers over the summer about a deal that would have seen Buddy Hield and Myles Turner join the Lakers. Westbrook was expected to be part of the return to the Pacers, but the two teams could not come to an agreement.
Charania notes that the Lakers have also shown interest in guard Terry Rozier of the Charlotte Hornets and Josh Richardson of the San Antonio Spurs. More trade opportunities are expected to arise as the season progresses, with teams pushing for the opportunity to select Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson in the upcoming draft.
The Lakers return to action on Wednesday night with a visit to the Denver Nuggets.