Lakers exploring trades for Donovan Mitchell and Trae Young

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According to Dave McMenamin, the Lakers are internally discussing a trade for Cleveland Cavaliers star guard Donovan Mitchell or Atlanta Hawks star guard Trae Young.

The Lakers are 22-23 and 9th in the Western Conference and have been very inconsistent since the In-Season Tournament. 

LA has been linked to many players ahead of the deadline. Mitchell and Young would be the route where the Lakers pursue a “bonafide star” rather than a smaller rotational upgrade.

The report claimed the Purple and Gold would part with three draft picks and multiple players to acquire one of the All-Stars.

Mitchell is under contract for this season and next season with a player option for the 2025-26 season. The 27-year-old guard is averaging 28/5/6 with two steals per game. Mitchell is shooting 46.2% from the field and 34.9% from three.

He would be a good fit next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Mitchell would also be a long-term fit next to Davis once James retires or leaves the Lakers. 

However, Cleveland has expressed no desire to trade Mitchell at the deadline amidst their eight-game winning streak.

Young was the other star the Lakers have internally discussed pursuing. The 25-year-old is under contract for at least the next three seasons, with an early-termination option for the fourth year. Young is averaging 27/3/11 on 42/36/86 shooting splits. 

The Hawks have Young as one of their untouchable players, making a deal highly unlikely. LA is much more likely to acquire his teammate, Dejounte Murray, at the deadline.

If the Lakers want to make a run at acquiring Mitchell or Young, it will likely happen in the offseason. LA will be able to send three first-round picks in the offseason, which would be a more competitive offer than they can make now.

Rob Pelinka and the front office will be active at the trade deadline, but a deal for Mitchell or Young is doubtful.

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