Written by : Amelia Smith 

Lakers' Pursuit of Dejounte Murray: Trade Talks Heat Up Ahead of NBA Deadline

The Los Angeles Lakers are once again in the trade rumor spotlight, with Dejounte Murray of the Atlanta Hawks emerging as a top target.

Trade discussions between the Lakers and Hawks regarding Murray have been described as the most substantive by NBA insider Marc Stein.

The Lakers have reportedly deemed Austin Reaves "off-limits" in trade talks, signaling their reluctance to include him in any potential deal.

D'Angelo Russell, expected to be a key piece in a trade, is reportedly not a favorable option for the Hawks unless a third team is involved.

Despite trade complications, Russell's recent stellar performance, averaging 22.4 points and 6.1 assists in January, adds intrigue to the Lakers' trade dynamics.

The Lakers' pursuit of Murray could hinge on the feasibility and discussions surrounding a potential three-team trade involving Russell.

Murray's trade value is at an all-time high, given his impressive scoring season, averaging 21.1 points and shooting career highs in field goal and three-point percentages.

The Lakers face challenges in negotiations, as they navigate the delicate balance of retaining promising players like Reaves while pursuing high-profile acquisitions.

The NBA trade deadline on February 8 adds urgency to the Lakers' quest for a trade that could potentially bolster their roster for the remainder of the season.

The evolving trade dynamics and the performance of key players will determine the outcome of the Lakers' pursuit of Dejounte Murray as the deadline approaches.

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