NBA Trades: Lakers add All-Star guard in blockbuster 3-team proposal with Hawks and Nets

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The Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets are the ideal trade partners for the Lakers.

They can accomplish this by trading for a former All-Star guard in Atlanta that they have long coveted: Dejounte Murray. When the Atlanta Hawks acquired Murray before the 2022–23 season, the goal was to give Trae Young a reliable sidekick that could push Atlanta into the top tier of the Eastern Conference.

Unfortunately, that has not been the case for the past season and a half. The Hawks were a play-in team last season and are likely to be a play-in team once again this season. This has led to the Hawks being open to trading anyone besides Young and Jalen Johnson.

The Hawks shortcomings are not the fault of Murray, who has been great this year. He is averaging a career high in points per game and field goal percentage. He is also shooting 39 percent from three-point range, his highest percentage since his rookie year. In addition to that he is also averaging five rebounds, five assists, and one steal per game. He is the all around guard the Lakers desperately need. 

The Lakers and Hawks have been in trade talks for the past couple of weeks but the Hawks want to add a third team to any hypothetical trade. The Hawks want to build around Young and Johnson, so players that complement them would be ideal.

The ideal third team could be the Brooklyn Nets, who are in desperate need of offense next to Mikal Bridges and Cam Thomas. The Nets are in a freefall and need reinforcements. They would be the perfect third team to make the Lakers and Hawks happy. Up next is the trade.