One NBA writer is proposing that the Los Angeles Lakers trade Anthony Davis to the Atlanta Hawks this summer for Trae Young. In a May 24 column called “Trade Packages to Land Lakers a Star, Keep LeBron James Out of Retirement,” Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey proposed that the Lakers send Davis and Rui Hachimura to the Hawks for Young, Onyeka Okongwu, and De’Andre Hunter.
“The idea of Trae Young joining the Lakers is already in the ether,” Bailey wrote. “The fit between him and Dejounte Murray wasn’t great in Year 1, and The Athletic’s Jovan Buha reported that L.A. has already had ‘internal discussions’ about acquiring him.”
“Of course, this wouldn’t accomplish LeBron’s potential goal of upgrading from two stars to three, but Young doesn’t turn 25 till September. That alone could keep the Lakers’ window to contend open a bit longer, and Young’s averages of 27.4 points and 9.7 assists over the last four seasons suggest he’s more capable of alleviating LeBron’s responsibilities than Davis is.”