Trae Young Linked To Unexpected Team This Summer

While Dejounte Murray was the Atlanta Hawks' player whose name was in trade rumours all season, it now appears that his more notable backcourt mate, Trae Young, could be the one who eventually moves on from the ATL.

And while one of the purported possible destinations is no surprise, the other would be quite the unexpected landing spot.

Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports has reported that the Los Angeles Lakers and... San Antonio Spurs are interested parties in landing the 3-time All-Star, and "both teams believe you could become available."

The Lakers will likely be looking to upgrade their backcourt in the offseason, and are always tied to superstars who might become available, but the rebuilding Spurs is a bit more of a surprise. They do certainly have the cap room to afford Young and his max contract, which still has three years to run at an AAV of about $46 million. Pairing him with Victor Wembanyama would be a sight to see.

NBA Insider Marc Stein confirms that the Hawks are indeed considering moving on from the mercurial point guard:

I can tell you this much: They’ve certainly convinced various rival teams that a Dejounte In/Trae Out course is going to be legitimately considered.

The Hawks, to be clear, have not made a firm decision yet. This isn’t the time to lock into such a lane with 29 games left in Atlanta’s season and a trip to the Play-In round, at the very least, more than within reach. How the rest of the season plays out is obviously going to factor into those next steps.

The Hawks currently sit in 10th spot in the Eastern Conference at 24-29, holding down what would be the last spot in the Play-In Tournament. Perhaps a long playoff run would keep Trae in Atlanta for the long haul, but that's still to be determined. 

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