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Lakers reportedly interested in trading for Hawks guard Dejounte Murray

According to recent reports, you can add Hawks Dejounte Murray’s name to guards the Lakers could aim for during this trade window as they look at ways to improve the roster.

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As the trade deadline nears, we've heard many reports on the Lakers looking to upgrade their guard position.

The biggest rumor has involved Zach LaVine from the Chicago Bulls and other Bulls players like DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, a new player, Dejounte Murray, has emerged and sparked interest from the Lakers.

As Charania mentions, the Lakers' reluctance to move Austin Reaves has been well-documented. Trading for Dejounte Murray without him will require Lakers vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka to make one of his best trades yet.

To get that trade done, the Lakers have one first-round pick they can give up, so adding that asset and a couple of other players might be enough to entice Atlanta into making the trade.

Murray is a force offensively, averaging 20.2 points per night, but that hasn't resulted in many wins in Atlanta. His defense also leaves a lot to be desired and the lack of ability to stop anyone is one of the reasons the Hawks haven't been successful this season, even with him and Trae Young scoring in bunches.

Head coach Darvin Ham has stressed that defense is a requirement in playing time and with the Lakers already struggling defensively with their guards, it's a fair concern to wonder if Murray's offense is worth trading for when his defense comes along with it.

This is a question the Lakers will have to answer with any player they trade for. All players have flaws and giving up enough to get said player while still improving your roster is a must.

You shouldn't just make a move to make a move. Despite his level of performance, the LeBron James era is ending sooner than anyone would care to admit. He's in Year 21 and has a player option for next year. This might be the last shot the Lakers have to win a ring with James and the wrong move could close that window.

If Murray is a guy who can help give the Lakers the best chance at the title and pair with Anthony Davis for life after James, then the Lakers should make that move if it makes sense. If not, LaVine and other players may be the direction the Lakers head in.

There's still a lot of time between now and the Feb. 8 trade deadline. We'll see if any of these moves happen, but when there's smoke, there's fire and it's looking like this trade season might be just as busy for the Lakers as last year’s was.

You can follow Edwin on Twitter at @ECreates88.

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