Trae Young Addresses Rumor Hawks Could Trade Him In Summer

Trae Young told NBA reporter Jameelah Johnson after the 2024 All-Star Game in Indiana that he would like to stay with the Atlanta Hawks. 

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NBA insider Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer is reporting that the Hawks are “highly likely” to trade Young in the summer.

Young, who doesn’t have a no-trade clause in his contract, is controlling what he can control while his name comes up in trade rumors. 

Young signed a five-year, $215 million extension with the Hawks in August 2021. He’ll make $43 million next season and $45 million in 2025-26.

Young is averaging 26.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 10.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.2 blocks this season while shooting 42.7% from the field, 37.1% from beyond the arc and 85.8% from the free-throw line. He has 35 double-doubles in 50 games.

A three-time All-Star, Young holds career averages of 25.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 9.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.2 blocks. He’s one of the top offensive point guards in the NBA.

According to Howard Beck of The Ringer, the Hawks discussed a Young trade with the San Antonio Spurs before this year’s trade deadline. Several people around the NBA believe Young wants to play with Spurs star Victor Wembanyama.

The Los Angeles Lakers will be heavily linked to Young since the Texas native has the same agent (Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group) as LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Young attended two Lakers playoff games last year. 

The 25-year-old Young is 10th in the NBA in total points, 11th in points per game, first in total assists and second in assists per game this season. It will be intriguing to see where he’s playing in 2024-25. 

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Young with the fifth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and traded him to the Hawks for Luka Doncic. Even though Young is a gifted player, several scouts told Hoops Wire that the Hawks will “forever” regret trading Young for Doncic, who is on pace to become one of the greatest players in NBA history. 

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