With Kevin Durant’s trade request still unmet and the Utah Jazz still on the verge of collapse, the NBA summer still seems incredibly unsettling.
But if you’re searching for any summertime blockbuster transactions, Brooklyn and Utah are the only places to look.
The Los Angeles Lakers should be looking to see what they can get for Russell Westbrook’s expiring deal and their future first-round selections as players like Durant, Donovan Mitchell, and Kyrie Irving may still be available.
There is still a lot of room for large trades even though the majority of rosters are essentially set and prepared for the start of the 2022–23 season.
Lakers Opt For Kyrie Irving
If Los Angeles decides to keep Russell Westbrook and declines to trade future first-round selections, they are effectively forfeiting the last year of LeBron James’ deal. The Lakers want additional support, especially pieces that complement James and Anthony Davis better.
Irving, who averaged 27.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.4 steals, and shot 41.8 percent from three last season, is the ideal third star. He also only turned the ball over 2.5 times a game.
Irving may persuade the four-time MVP to agree to extend his contract in Los Angeles and at least offers the Lakers a chance to compete for a championship with James and Davis.
Kevin Durant Fly With The Hawks
Considering that this is Kevin Durant.
Getting Dejounte Murray from the San Antonio Spurs in a trade was a decent start, but this Eastern Conference playoff team still requires a star to advance. The Hawks become a legitimate title contender with a core of Durant, Trae Young, and Murray.
When one of the greatest scorers in NBA history is on the field with Young, defences can no longer double-team him. While Durant will contribute some ball handling, he is also a deadly spot-up shooter who can score off of Young and Murray.
With Bogdan Bogdanovic as the sixth player, the starting lineup of Young, Murray, Justin Holiday, Kevin Durant, and Clint Capela is among the best in the NBA.
With Murray, the Hawks go from an improved squad to a probable title favourite.
Donovan Roars With The Raptors
The Toronto Raptors are a strong club in the Eastern Conference, but they are not as excellent as teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, or Miami Heat. After a largely uneventful offseason, it will probably finish in the same area as it did last year when it placed fifth in the East.
While some of the key members are still in their prime, athletes like Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam, who will turn 29 during the regular season, are already focused on winning additional championships.
Mitchell’s outstanding playmaking and scoring abilities, which are vital components for a Raptors team that placed just 15th in total offence last season, turn this club into a legitimate title candidate (112.1 rating).
The last time Toronto acquired a star, things went quite well, and the starting lineup of VanVleet, Mitchell, OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes, and Siakam could be the best in the NBA.