Surprise Trae Young news casts doubt on a trade to the Lakers

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Atlanta Hawks star point guard Trae Young is expected to be one of the biggest names on the trade market this summer, with several teams lining up to try and land him. However, his latest move may cross one team off the list. The Los Angeles Lakers are viewed as a possible landing spot for him, though his recent decision to leave Klutch Sports and find another agency might change their minds. 

The Lakers have been known to acquire players who are represented by Rich Paul, who is friends with LeBron James. James and Anthony Davis are both Klutch clients and the Lakers had as many as five players represented by them at one point last year. 

Not only that but the Lakers also tried to trade for Young's teammate Dejounte Murray, who, you guessed it, is also represented by Klutch. With Young leaving the agency, what does it mean for the Lakers and their interest in him? 

Would the Lakers still pursue Trae Young this summer?

Considering what the Lakers have at stake, i.e., keeping LeBron James, who can become a free agent this summer, Los Angeles will still likely pursue Young. Be that as a may, several other teams will as well and LA doesn't have nearly as many assets as teams such as the Orlando Magic and the San Antonio Spurs have. 

Moreover, with at least 2 years remaining on his contract, Young can't steer his way to LA like many stars have in the past. Fortunately for the Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers star Donovan Mitchell may also become available and he may draw interest away from Young. That would probably give the Lakers a better chance to land Young than they might otherwise have. 

A package consisting of Rui Hachimura, Gabe Vincent, Austin Reaves, and at least two first-round picks may be enough for Los Angeles to acquire him and build a big three centered around LeBron, Davis, and Young.

That would give the Lakers a chance to win a championship next season and thus increase their motivation to acquire him. Therefore, Young switching agencies probably won't decrease Los Angeles's interest in him.