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Lakers will pursue a third star this summer

Rob Pelinka ‘got subbed’ in GM of the year voting

When the Los Angeles Lakers traded Russell Westbrook midway through last season, it seemed to signal a shift away from trying to assemble a roster that featured LeBron James and Anthony Davis plus a third star.

The Lakers instantly went on a run and advanced all the way to the Western Conference finals, and there are signs they could go on a similar run this spring. They have won seven of their last 10 games, and they may have an outside shot at getting into the upper bracket of the play-in tournament.

But their experimentation with a three-star setup may not be over.

Lakers beat writer Jovan Buha of The Athletic, citing multiple sources, said the team will go after a third star this summer (h/t Lakers Daily).

“Yes, they are,” Buha said when asked if the Lakers are going to chase a third star. “And I can confirm that from multiple sources. They are going third-star hunting this offseason. And we’ll see how that affects the D-Lo (D’Angelo Russell) situation. We’ll see how – you probably have to give up Austin [Reaves] in almost any … third-star trade.”

There were incessant rumors that L.A. was trying to land guard Dejounte Murray, a former All-Star, from the Atlanta Hawks prior to this season’s trade deadline. But perhaps the price was too steep, and executive Rob Pelinka decided to stand pat.

That decision may have also been made with an attempt to land a third legitimate star this offseason in mind.

According to Buha, there are three star guards L.A. will pursue this offseason.

“Now, who’s available? The one name I continually hear is Trae Young. He’s been to Laker playoff games before. He’s a Klutch Sports client. That’s probably the most realistic one right now.

“What happens with Dallas and Kyrie (Irving)? Do they flame out? Do they lose in the play-in? Do they lose in round one? Does Dallas ultimately break that up? And then what’s the market for Kyrie? Donovan Mitchell, it seems like there’s been a little bit more growing optimism and buzz that he’s gonna stay in Cleveland. But even if he leaves, the two New York teams have reportedly been the favorites just because he’s from the greater New York area.”

Young is a hotshot Lakers fans may be clamoring for. However, he may not be a good choice for the team. While he’s certainly a big-time scoring threat and is always among the NBA’s leaders in assists, he is a very inefficient player.

For his career, he has shot just 43.6% from the field, and he also…

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