Why the Los Angeles Lakers should say yes:
Return: Tobias Harris, Al Horford
This is actually the easiest team to explain why they would say yes. The reasoning is pretty simple: the Los Angeles Lakers want to get off of Russell Westbrook and they do so in a genius way here. The Lakers would get off of Westbrook and acquire two players who could actually help the team this season (as well as give them more financial freedom).
We will explain why both Al Horford and Tobias Harris would be traded from their respective teams when we get there. When we just think about those two in terms of the Lakers, it is clear that they would be excellent fits alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Harris gives the team a stretch shooter that can create his own shot while also playing off-ball. Harris can essentially be a better version of Kyle Kuzma as a slashing/shooting forward with LeBron and Anthony Davis in the frontcourt. There are some defensive questions, sure, but he is much better than Russell Westbrook defensively. The Lakers can run a deadly closing lineup of Malik Monk, Talen Horton-Tucker, Harris, LeBron and Anthony Davis.
Horford, meanwhile, is the perfect stretch five that the Lakers can play off of the bench. Horford, while overpriced, has played much better the last two seasons and he can still provide a quality 25 minutes a game off the bench. He can play with both LeBron and AD because of his floor-spacing ability.
The team gets some financial freedom as well. While the two players combined make more than Westbrook, Horford’s salary next season is not fully guaranteed. Only $14.5 is guaranteed next season. That makes it much easier for the Lakers to either pivot and trade him or outright cut him to save money to make other moves next season.
With Westbrook, there is no versatility.