3. San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs have always been available for the Lakers to make some kind of Russell Westbrook trade if they ever wanted to pull the trigger. San Antonio has the cap space and contracts to absorb a Westbrook trade and would be more than willing to do so for the draft capital.
This is just an added wrinkle to that dynamic and instead of the Lakers getting back the role players San Antonio has to offer, Brooklyn would. This is not as good of a trade for the Nets, though, which may hurt the chances of this happening.
Josh Richardson and Doug McDermott are the two trade chips that make the most sense and while they would be decent shooters to replace Westbrook with, they may not be the best replacement for Kyrie Irving.
There is the x-factor of Jacob Poeltl, though. If the Lakers are willing to foot most of the bill by including both first-round picks, the Nets may not have to send much (if at all) to San Antonio to redirect Poeltl to Brooklyn.
Rob Pelinka has orchestrated numerous trades in his time running the Lakers. It is time to go through his trade progress report so far in Los Angeles.
It would benefit both the Lakers and Nets to try and work out a deal with other teams before working out a deal with the Spurs. However, San Antonio is always there for a potential trade if needed.