NBA Trades: Lakers land offensive firepower in possible 3-team deal with Hawks and Spurs

LeBron James, Dejounte Murray
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NBA Trades: Would any team agree to the deal?

If this potential trade goes down, it could help all three teams, though that doesn't guarantee that it will actually happen. The Lakers are floundering and are currently 10th in the Western Conference. To improve, they will need to make meaningful changes.

While they are pursuing Murray for his defensive ability, albeit declining defensive ability, he would be able to be a reliable third scorer for the Lakers. Better still, with LeBron James potentially playing his final season in Los Angeles, Murray would give the Lakers a ready-made number two option behind Anthony Davis for next season.

That might not make them a championship contender this season or next, but it would make them better than they otherwise would be. The Spurs are currently starting Tre Jones at point guard and while he has been far better than any of their other options at the position, he is still not much of an offensive threat.

Russell is a better offensive player and would be under contract through the end of next season, giving San Antonio a short-term upgrade. It would also give them potentially two decent second-round picks that they can add to their growing stockpile, which they can use to build around star Victor Wembanyama.

Lastly, the Hawks would start their retooling off on the right foot by recouping some of the assets lost from the initial trade to acquire Murray. They would also add Hood-Schifino, who is a promising point guard prospect who will be on his rookie deal for the next three years.

Ultimately, there are a number of reasons for all three teams to do the proposed deal. With the deadline two weeks away, it's possible that a deal similar to this proposal gets done.