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Should the Lakers Trade for Trae Young?

The Hawks’ Guard Is a Cemented Superstar and Would Love to Live In LA

Should the Lakers Trade for Trae Young?
Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks | Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP

Ice Trae in Hollywood?

While Young likely isn’t going to win a championship as the top option, he’d be an elite third option…

If there’s a star basketball player involved inNBA rumors, they’re likely going to get linked to the Los Angeles Lakers at some point. That’s been the case with Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young for a couple of years now.

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It’s no secret that the Lakers have been eyeing the Klutch Sports client and it’s looking like the team might be finally ready to make a full-court press to add the guard this offseason, per NBA news from The Athletic’s Jovan Buha.

They are going third star hunting this off-season and we’ll see how that affects the DLO situation,” Buha said.

You probably have to give up Austin in almost any third-star trade. Now who’s available? The one name I continually hear is Trae Young. He’s been to Laker playoff games before, he’s a Clutch Sports client. That’s probably the most realistic one right now… Now, of course, whether they get him is going to come down to whether they are willing to put all three picks, two picks in a deal. Is it Austin and Max? Is it just Austin? And you got to have the matching salary of course. Is that Rui, is that Vando? Do they send DLO there as well? There’s a lot of different ways that can play out, but my understanding is yes, they are going third-star hunting.

Trae Young’s stats remain impressive this season as he’s averaging 26.4 points and 10.8 assists per game. However, it hasn’t led to much winning as the Hawks are 34-40 in NBA games and the 10th seed in the Eastern Conference.

Why Trade Young Could Make Sense With Lakers

Trae Young has been the No. 1 guy for the Hawks for several seasons now and has three playoff appearances to show for it. However, the only season the team made any noise was 2020-21 when they made it to the Eastern Conference Finals.

It’s really hard to win a championship with a small guard being the best player unless that player is Steph Curry. While Young likely isn’t going to win a championship as the top option, he’d be an elite third option.

The problem for the Lakers is that Anthony Davis is arguably the best defensive player in the world but sometimes he can’t keep up on offense. Young isn’t a defender but he’s always among the leading scorers in the NBA.

Plus, he’s a great distributor and is second in the NBA in assists this season. That would take a lot of pressure off of an aging LeBron James. Now, I don’t think superteams work in the NBA anymore but the Lakers are beholden to LeBron right now. Until he retires, they have to do what they can to catch the Denver Nuggets. Taking a swing on Young would at least give them a chance and would also give a young player to pair with Davis after LeBron retires.

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