15 NBA players most at-risk of being traded this summer

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3) D'Angelo Russell

After being shopped ahead of the deadline, D'Angelo Russell went on a scoring tear that caused the Lakers to reconsider. If his strong play continues, then the Lakers shouldn't regret holding on to him this season, but that doesn't mean that they won't trade him this summer for a better long-term fit.

The most likely option would be the Lakers looking to revisit the Dejounte Murray trade. Or they could set their sights higher and go all in on a deal for Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young. Part of the reason why the Lakers were willing to hold off on making a big trade at the deadline might have been in the hope that they could persuade the Hawks and give up their best player.

While Atlanta previously declined to take back Russell, he will be on an expiring contract next season, and his play could allow them to send him to another team in need of point guard help. Or, since they wouldn't have their first-round picks, they could keep him as a stopgap option since they wouldn't need to tank. No matter what, it appears more than likely that Russell will be playing on another team after this season.