Lakers Blockbuster Trade Proposal Targets 5-Time All-Star Donovan Mitchell

The Los Angeles Lakers have several scenarios to work with right now and pulling out a trade for Donovan Mitchell makes sense. The Cleveland Cavaliers player could be an excellent addition to the Lakers roster and yes, he’d became the third player behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis in an instant.

LA didn’t make any moves at the trade deadline, but is expected to introduce new names in the offseason. The franchise has been linked to Trae Young for quite some time. However, Mitchell is definitely an easier target. He will soon enter the fourth year of his five-year deal worth $163 million. The Cavaliers may not give him a deal and this could make things easier for the Lakers.

Mitchell is an excellent player and he averaged 26.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 6.1 assists this past season. He shoots 46.2% from the field and 36.8% from the three-point line.

Lakers can make great offer in the Mitchell trade

Dan Favale from Bleacher Report discussed the potential signing of Mitchell in his article titled “1 Trade Target for Every NBA Team This Offseason.”

“Rooting for Donovan Mitchell to ask out of Cleveland is a better first option. His salary for next season ($35.4 million) is roughly $8 million cheaper than that of Young, which makes constructing deals a lot easier. And though he’ll turn 28 in September one year ahead of a new mega contract, he’s the cleaner offensive fit as someone who doesn’t need to dominate the ball nearly as much.

“During the regular season, Mitchell rated in the 94th percentile of catch-and-fire three-point shot-making and the 96th percentile of pull-up shot-making from distance, according to Basketball-Index.”

Competition is the biggest problem regarding the Mitchell trade. Most teams would show interest in trading for him and he will definitely get great offers. The Cavaliers will probably trade him to a team that makes the biggest offer. The New York Knicks are the biggest threat, but the Lakers can find a way and make this trade happen. Offering players like Austin Reaves and Rui Hachimura could ease negotiations.