The Los Angeles Lakers are considered a landing spot for a $241 million superstar guard.
In a January 25 column called “2023 NBA Trade Watch: Best Available Guards and Their Top Landing Spots,” Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus published a quote he received from an NBA source talking about Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young’s future. The source told Pincus that Young could get traded to the Lakers after this season since the All-Star is represented by Omar Wilkes of Klutch Sports Group, the same agency LeBron James and Anthony Davis are with.
“I think Trae will want out after the season,” the NBA source told Pincus. “The Hawks probably try to get out of John Collins and others by the deadline, but Trae’s a long shot. Maybe the [Lakers] in July with his ties to Klutch [Sports].”
Young, 24, signed a lucrative five-year, $215.2 million rookie maximum contract extension with the Hawks in August 2021. The Oklahoma product will have earned more than $241 million in his career once his current deal expires in 2027.
The Hawks reached the Eastern Conference Finals in 2021, losing to the Milwaukee Bucks in six games. The franchise was expected to compete for the Eastern Conference crown last season, but Atlanta lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Miami Heat.
After acquiring All-Star Dejounte Murray from the San Antonio Spurs last offseason, the Hawks were projected to have a bounce-back 2022-23 campaign. However, Atlanta is only 24-24.
Could Trae Young Request a Trade This Summer?
Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report reported on December 22 that Young could request a trade if the Hawks don’t go on a deep playoff run this season. Young is averaging 27.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 9.9 assists while shooting 42.4% from the field, 31.4% from beyond the arc and 88.9% from the free-throw line. He has 22 double-doubles, but Atlanta is only 22-21 when Young plays.
“Rival executives in attendance at the NBA’s annual G League Winter Showcase are of the belief that Atlanta Hawks star point guard Trae Young could be the next player on a rookie max extension to request a trade if the team doesn’t make inroads come postseason time,” Haynes reported. “Young, 24, is as competitive as they come and has a strong desire to win big in this …read more