3 non-Dejounte Murray trade targets Nets must consider

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1. D'Angelo Russell

On top of the fact that the Hawks' asking price for Murray is rather lofty, his services on the trade block are already proving to be a hot commodity, with recent reports stating that the Los Angeles Lakers have already been in talks to attain the former All-Star.

Of course, per The Athletic's Shams Charania, discussions are currently being held up due to Atlanta's unwillingness to take on D'Angelo Russell in a return package, as they would prefer to reroute him to a third party.

This is where the Nets may want to come into play.

If the team can't land their top target they should at least be looking to upgrade the position, and Russell would certainly consititute as such.

A former All-Star with the Nets back in 2019, the 27-year-old is currently putting forth one of his better seasons since departing from the borough five years ago. Through 40 games played the point guard is posting impressive averages of 16.3 points, 6.1 assists, and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 48.1 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent from distance.

He might not come close to being the defensive player that Murray is, but his offensive game is arguably far superior and would give the team a much-needed secondary go-to scoring option to have running alongside Mikal Bridges.

For the right price, Brooklyn landing their former franchise cornerstone -- who's still in his prime, mind you -- as a mere third team in a Murray-to-Lakers blockbuster would be far from a bad turnout for the club.

In fact, it could be one of the next-best things that could happen to them, especially if they can attach some of their own unfavorable, longer-term salaries into the exchange.