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Lakers Trade News: LA interested with Paul Millsap but Hawks took him off the market; Julius Randle a possible trade piece

Hawks Paul Millsap and a first rounder for Spurs’ Aldridge?
Trade rumors suggest the Spurs send Aldridge to the Atlanta Hawks for Paul Millsap and a first round pick in next year’s draft.

The Los Angeles Lakers expressed their interest in acquiring Paul Millsap after hearing that he’s available on the trading block. Unfortunately, the Atlanta Hawks decided to take him off the market again and keep him a little longer.

The Lakers entered the 2016-17 NBA season without a legitimate superstar on their team. D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, and Brandon Ingram are expected to step up to fill the void left by Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. Under coach Luke Walton, they made a surprising 10-10, bringing a huge optimism in Los Angeles.

However, as the season goes, opposing teams exposed the Lakers’ weakness, especially in crucial games. They obviously need a “main man” on their team. As the February deadline draws near, some people believe that the Lakers will make a move once a superstar becomes available on the trade market.

After trading Kyle Korver, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported the Hawks also wanted to trade Paul Millsap “sooner than later”. Millsap sets to become a free agent next summer where the Hawks could lose him for nothing. Recalling in the recent free agency, Al Horford left Atlanta and decided to join the Boston Celtics.

PAUL MILLSAP OVER JULIUS RANDLE?

In a separate report, Woj revealed that the Lakers are one of the NBA teams who has expressed interest in acquiring Millsap. However, the move is quite questionable since they already have Julius Randle as their starting power forward.

“Millsap can be a free agent this summer, and multiple teams – including Denver, Sacramento, and the Los Angeles Lakers – had an interest in making a deal for him, sources said,” Woj said.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak revealed that they have no plan of breaking their young core. However, with the recent reports, it seems like the Lakers will be active on the trade market when a superstar is involved. Unfortunately, in the case of Millsap, the Hawks took him off the market again.

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