Lakers Trade Rumors: Hawks’ Trae Young Has ‘Long Been on Los Angeles’ Radar’


ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 01:   Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks fouls LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals seconds of the second half at State Farm Arena on February 01, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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If Atlanta Hawks star point player Trae Young ever chooses he desires a modification of landscapes, the Los Angeles Lakers will possibly be waiting with open arms.

According to Jovan Buha of The Athletic, “Young has actually long been on Los Angeles’ radar, depending upon how his scenario unfolds in Atlanta.”

Buha included that the Lakers “have actually pursued other star guards, consisting of Damian Lillard, Kyle Lowry and Kyrie Irving.”

And, obviously, there was the stopped working Russell Westbrook experiment in the group’s efforts to surround LeBron James and Anthony Davis with a 3rd star at the guard position.

But while the Lakers have actually constantly focused on chasing after stars as an organizational principles, the most success in the James-AD age has actually come when the group surrounded them with function gamers who matched their specific ability.

When the group won a title in the 2019-20 bubble playoffs, James and Davis were surrounded by veteran protectors. In last season’s go to the Western Conference Finals, the group rebuilt itself at the trade due date, concentrating on shooting and two-way factors.

The Lakers will get in the 2023-24 season with a comparable– and perhaps much better– team. Crucial function gamers like Austin Reaves, Jarred Vanderbilt, Rui Hachimura and D’Angelo Russell return, while Gabe Vincent and Jaxson Hayes were likewise included.

The Lakers have a well balanced, strong team. The attraction of supreme star power constantly orbits this company.

The concern with Young is whether he would be the ideal fit. Among the concerns with the star point player in his profession has actually been his absence of interest for playing off the ball, a function that any gamer coordinating with James will need to accept, a minimum of for stretches.

And he isn’t precisely a protective stopper, either.

But Young gets pails, so he’ll constantly have appeal. Eventually, James may choose to have another boundary gamer who can manage the scoring load, particularly provided Davis’ disparities in huge video games and circumstances when needed to be the leading pet.

It does not promise to take place. The Lakers have a sturdy lineup and the Hawks will tire every opportunity to make things deal with Young. If things blow up in Atlanta, the Lakers will quickly end up being a group to see.

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