Many free agent talents could be linked to the Lakers in trade rumors. Trae Young, a guard for the Atlanta Hawks, was one of the most unexpected names to be connected to the franchise.
The Lakers have interest in Hawks’ Trae Young?
Jovan Buha of The Athletic speculated after the Lakers’ season ended that the franchise would be interested in a trade for the guard.
Like LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Young is represented by Klutch Sports. After the Hawks’ season ended, the guard was spotted at multiple games in Los Angeles.
That made them even more hopeful that he might join the Lakers. It’s simpler to say than to actually accomplish. It’s likely that the Hawks and Lakers would complicate any trade they attempted. Furthermore, Young has never mentioned wanting to leave the squad. He’s gotten a chance to talk about the Lakers rumors recently and he thinks they’re all made up.
“A lot of people made a lot of things out of me being at games,” Young said on the June 1 episode of the “From The Point” podcast.
“I’ve been to a lot of games throughout my years. I’ve always been a fan of the game… most of the time I’ve got a friend playing that I’m there watching, like [Michael Porter, Jr.] for Denver.” he added.
Do the Lakers require a third All-Star?
The Lakers have always had a roster full with individual studs. They have always had star players at the forefront of their championship teams. The team’s best judgment may be impaired occasionally as a result.
The Lakers already have two of the most famous players in the NBA on their roster: LeBron James and Anthony Davis. They tried to form a superteam with the addition of Russell Westbrook two years ago. However, that was such a catastrophic failure that it set the squad back two whole seasons.
The Lakers understood the importance of having a deep roster in order to compete for a title after making that move. After a terrible start to the season, they improved significantly after trading Westbrook for additional depth and nearly reached the NBA Finals.
Although LeBron may put pressure on the front staff to acquire a third star, doing so would be a mistake. The Lakers should bring back their top performers from last year and add a leading center and a 3-and-D wing to their roster.
Is it Possible for the Lakers to Acquire Young in a Trade?
There has been speculation that the Hawks will trade Young in the coming months. A two-time All-Star at only 24 years old, why would a franchise like Atlanta want to part with him?
Neither his defensive skills nor his demeanor seem like they would mesh well with the executive team. However, it appears a trade, especially with the Lakers, is highly unlikely.
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The Hawks would only deal Young if they were serious about starting over from scratch. That suggests they are looking for draft picks and rookies. The Lakers are lacking in this department.
Even if Austin Reaves and draft picks were enough to get some guys, Young probably wouldn’t be interested. The trio of LeBron, Davis, and him would be intriguing, but a trade between the three seems…unlikely.