Trae Young trade rumors: Why Hawks need to cut their losses, hit reset with No. 1 draft pick in the bank

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Trae Young was the toast of Atlanta only three years ago. In his third season, he took the Hawks to the Eastern Conference Finals, and were it not for an untimely injury, he may well have taken them to the top of the mountain. At that point, it looked as though the Hawks had found a franchise player for the next decade. But Atlanta hasn’t won a playoff series.

The 2021 team regressed in the following season. The front office tried to shake things up with a mega trade for Dejounte Murray, but that didn’t help. Both the front office and coaching staff have changed, but it hasn’t mattered. Three years later, the 2021 run looks like an anomaly. The Hawks have spent those seasons hovering around .500 and accomplishing little.

Now, Young’s status as the franchise

NBA trade rumors: Latest on Paul George, Knicks could move Mitchell Robinson, surprising Jazz player on block

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Thursday’s trade between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls that sent Alex Caruso west and Josh Giddey north marked the unofficial beginning of trade season in the NBA. The draft is less than a week away, free agency will come soon after, and now teams are beginning to seriously engage on the moves that will ultimately set up the beginning of the 2024-25 season.

As they always are at this point on the calendar, the rumors have started to fly in. On Friday, Yahoo’s Jake Fischer dropped a few bombs relating to players that we knew were available (Zach LaVine) and ones we didn’t (Mitchell Robinson, Walker Kessler), so let’s dive in on today’s fresh batch of rumors.

Knicks shopping Mitchell Robinson?

The Knicks are in a difficult position when it comes to re-signing key center Isaiah

Lakers hire JJ Redick as head coach: 15-year NBA veteran, TV analyst takes over Los Angeles franchise

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The Los Angeles Lakers are hiring JJ Redick as their next head coach, sources confirm to CBS Sports’ Bill Reiter. Redick, a 15-year NBA veteran who played for the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks, was most recently in a TV analyst role with ESPN. He has never coached at the professional nor amateur level.

While successful on the court, Redick’s rise to prominence has largely come through the media as he hosted a podcast during his playing career. Since retiring, he has worked as a critically acclaimed broadcaster for ESPN. Now, Redick takes one of the highest-profile gigs in the coaching profession for his first job.

Redick’s hiring comes at the end of a tumultuous search for the Lakers. While he was one of the first names linked