Lakers Trade Proposal Lands Darius Garland From Cavs

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It feels like the Los Angeles Lakers want to make a trade this summer. Around the NBA, fans are expecting it. The Lakers need a lead guard, and they’re likely to do what’s necessary to land one. 

You’ve seen the rumors. The Lakers have been linked to Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks. They’ve been linked to his teammate Dejounte Murray. The Lakers have even been linked to Donovan Mitchell of the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Will any of these players be available? Who knows? Recently, Mitchell has publicly stated that he’s happy in Cleveland. Could the Lakers trade for his teammate Darius Garland instead? 

NBA Trade Proposal 

Cleveland Cavaliers Receive: G D’Angelo Russell, F Rui Hachimura, 2029 First-Round Pick (LAL), 2031 First-Round Pick (LAL) 

Los Angeles Lakers Receive: G Darius Garland 

Wanting to make a trade is one thing. Having the ability to make a trade is another. A team needs assets. Just as importantly, they need players to be interested in joining them. 

After all, this is the player empowerment era. Typically, teams don’t trade for players unless they know those players are interested in joining them. Otherwise, you’re trading for a rental. 

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That’s not a problem for the Lakers. This is the most glamorous market in the NBA. Typically, stars like what joining the Lakers will do for their brand. Should the Cavaliers send them Garland? 

Why The Cleveland Cavaliers Do The Deal 

Mitchell may be happy in Cleveland. If they have a disappointing playoff run in 2023-24, he could change his tune. In that event, the Cavs may have to look at some changes. 

Unless Mitchell demands a trade, they’ll hang onto him. The same holds for Evan Mobley. The Cavaliers could trade Jarrett Allen. At the same time, they could justify trading Garland. He’s ball-dominant and small – just like Mitchell. 

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Here, the Cavs are mostly interested in picking up two unprotected first-rounders. At the same time, they could be interested in Hachimura as well. This team has long needed a big, athletic wing. Should the Lakers part with one? 

Why The Los Angeles Lakers Do The Deal 

The Lakers risk losing value here. Garland is having a rough season. He’s been injured, and when healthy, he hasn’t quite looked like himself. 

Who is Garland when he’s himself? One of the best playmakers in the NBA – and a knockdown shooter to boot. The Lakers may be taking a risk here, but the potential reward would be enormous. 

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That’s a risk worth taking for this organization. LeBron James is nearing retirement. The Lakers need to lessen his playmaking burden and put a roster around him that could win an NBA title. In other words: they need to make a trade. 

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