Darius Garland Emerges As Possible Lakers Trade Target To Watch

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are poised to make significant changes this NBA offseason to enhance their roster around star player Donovan Mitchell. As part of this strategic revamp, there are rumblings about potential high-profile player movements that could reshape their lineup.

One interesting subplot involves LeBron James, who, according to our own Grant Afseth, attended Game 4 of the Cavaliers’ playoff series against the Boston Celtics with more than just spectator interest. James, represented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group—who also represents Cavaliers guard Darius Garland—might have been scouting Garland as a potential addition to the Los Angeles Lakers.

“While it’s speculation, some league personnel who spoke with NBA Analysis Network believe James used his courtside viewing experience in Cleveland to look closer at Klutch Sports Group client Garland as a potential trade target for the Los Angeles Lakers,” Afseth noted.

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This potential interest comes at a time when the Lakers are evaluating their guard situation. D’Angelo Russell, the current starting point guard for the Lakers, like LeBron, can become an unrestricted free agent this summer if he declines his player option for the 2024-25 season.

Meanwhile, Garland, who has shown he can be a key player, posted averages of 18.0 points and 6.5 assists and shot 37.1% from 3-point range this past season.

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If Donovan Mitchell signs an extension with the Cavaliers, Rich Paul might discuss trade options for Garland with them. This scenario underscores Cleveland’s ongoing assessments regarding the compatibility of Mitchell and Garland in their backcourt.

As the Lakers and Cavaliers possibly eye a transaction involving Garland and potentially Russell, the NBA community will keenly watch how these discussions might unfold, signaling a significant shift for both teams’ futures.

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