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Possible trade destinations for Trae Young this offseason

Published April 16, 2024 at 5:41 PM
BY KEVIN BARREAU
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NBA insider Eric Pincus from Bleacher Report has suggested that the Atlanta Hawks are planning to trade Trae Young this summer. Among the interested parties, the Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly keen on acquiring Young. This interest is partly due to Young sharing an agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group, with Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Additionally, the potential pairing of Young with Victor Wembanyama, known as the Wemby/Young duo, is generating excitement. The Brooklyn Nets are also in the mix, viewing Young as a potential solution at point guard.

''Many sources around the NBA believe Young will be on the move this summer—assuming Atlanta can find a buyer,'' Pincus wrote. ''Not every team needs a point guard, let alone a small one (6'1'', 164 pounds) at $43 million next season. Several just don't like his game.

The Lakers considered trading for Murray but shifted focus due to D'Angelo Russell's improvement. Now, they're eyeing Young, represented by the same agency as LeBron and Davis. Acquiring him poses challenges, including the Lakers' hard cap situation and the need to balance outgoing salaries. Building around Davis and Young for the future is the plan, but it hinges on navigating trade rules and salary constraints carefully.

Bleacher Report recently explored the possibility of Trae Young moving to the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are considering using their substantial draft assets, including picks from the Hawks and others, to entice Atlanta. Discussions have included potential three-team deals, notably involving the Chicago Bulls. With their impressive draft capital and cap space to absorb Young's contract, the Spurs are well-positioned to negotiate. They could offer players like Tre Jones and Devonte' Graham to help Atlanta shed salary, making them a strong contender if the Hawks are prioritizing draft picks over player talent.


The Brooklyn Nets, equipped with a solid lineup and looking to re-sign Nic Claxton, need a point guard upgrade. They traded Spencer Dinwiddie for Dennis Schroder, a backup, but have replenished draft picks through major trades. They hold multiple first-round picks from 2025 to 2031 and 10 second-round picks. If Claxton stays and core players like Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson remain, Brooklyn could use Ben Simmons' large expiring contract in a potential trade for Young, enhancing their negotiating flexibility with additional trade pieces and several large trade exceptions.

In August 2021, Young inked a five-year, $215 million extension with the Hawks. Next season, he is set to earn $43 million, with his salary increasing to $45 million in the 2025-26 season.

As one of the NBA's top scorers and playmakers, Young posted an average of 25.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 10.8 assists this season. He shot 43.0% from the field, 37.3% from three-point range, and 85.5% from the free-throw line, achieving 37 double-doubles in 54 games.

Source Hoopswire : Report: Hawks Expected To Trade Trae Young This Summer, Lakers Will Have Serious Interest
Source Bleacher Report : Trae Young Landing Spots if Atlanta Hawks Trade Star Guard This Offseason
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Possible trade destinations for Trae Young this offseason

Where will Trae Young play next?

Atlanta Hawks214.3 %
Los Angeles Lakers321.4 %
San Antonio Spurs535.7 %
Other428.6 %
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