The Los Angeles Lakers have made it no secret that Dejounte Murray of the Atlanta Hawks is one of the players they are interested in acquiring ahead of the NBA Trade Deadline.
That being said, one major roadblock has consistently served as the biggest reason why a trade between these two teams seemed unlikely.
This week a report surfaced suggesting that some progress had been made between L.A. and Atlanta.
According to Jovan Buha of The Athletic, there is even a basic framework in place for a potential move.
The Lakers’ most recent offer to the Hawks is centered around D’Angelo Russell, Jalen Hood-Schifino, a 2029 first-round pick and additional draft compensation to be determined later. In return, they would get Murray.
Buha also noted that talks between Los Angeles and Atlanta are expected to intensify as the NBA Trade Deadline grows near.
According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the Hawks’ asking price for Murray is a matter of public record.
“From people I’ve spoken with, the Hawks are asking for two firsts in return for Murray, who would prefer to join a team with a chance to make an immediate playoff run. So far, no one has met their demands,” he wrote.
Adrian Wojnarowksi of ESPN seemed to back that report up to some degree.
Woj on Dejounte Murray:
“Atlanta’s ready to trade Dejounte Murray… They’re engaged with a lot of teams… They gave up a lot for him: two of their own 1st round picks, a pick swap, and a third 1st-round pick… They wanna get some value back.”pic.twitter.com/8r0wMDjlaA
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“Atlanta’s ready to trade Dejounte Murray,” he said. “… They’re engaged with a lot of teams… They gave up a lot for him: two of their own 1st round picks, a pick swap, and a third 1st-round pick… They wanna get some value back.”
It will be interesting to see where all parties involved go from here.
There are other suitors trying to pry Murray away from the Lakers, but it feels like L.A. has the ability to put together the best package for his services.
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It’s just a matter of whether they will do it or not.
Will Murray be a member of the Lakers by the time the NBA Trade Deadline comes and goes? Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.