The New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers are both franchises that have had subpar years. The New York Knicks missed the playoffs after getting the 4th seed during the 2020-21 season, while the Los Angeles Lakers looked far from the championship contenders that many people expected them to be at the start of the season.

Perhaps a trade between both of those franchises could help them both improve. Here is a potential trade involving Russell Westbrook and Julius Randle that would benefit both teams.

New York Knicks Receive: Russell Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker

Los Angeles Lakers Receive: Julius Randle, Evan Fournier, and Kemba Walker

New York Knicks Clear Salary Off The Books And Add A Young Player To Their Core

Julius Randle and Evan Fournier currently both have long-term, lucrative contracts. Most people would agree that both players are overpaid This trade could potentially get those contracts off the books for the New York Knicks, as the Knicks would be acquiring Russell Westbrook's expiring contract. Obviously, this trade assumes that Russell Westbrook opts into his player option.