Just a few days ago, it looked like the Los Angeles Lakers were looking to acquire Atlanta's Dejounte Murray ahead of the Feb. 8 trade deadline. The deal was centered around D'Angelo Russell, a 2029 first-round pick, and a pick swap for Murray but Atlanta wanted a third team for Russell.
Murray was thought to be a potential upgrade to the Purple and Gold, due to his instincts on the defensive end and his downhill scoring style. He even showcased his clutch gene, knocking down two game-winners this season.
Things have now hit a standstill between the two organizations. Los Angeles has won five of their last seven games and Russell's been one of the main contributors across this stretch. NBA Insider Marc Stein wrote in his newsletter that the Lakers are now having second thoughts regarding the trade.
"League sources say that there has been little-to-no trade dialogue in recent days between the Hawks and the Lakers when it comes to former All-Star Dejounte Murray," Stein wrote.
"Trade talks tend to be fluid this time of year and can be easily sparked up again, but one source briefed on the talks termed the idea of Murray landing with the Lakers before the deadline, as of this Sunday, as 'unrealistic.'"
Since being reinserted into the starting lineup, Russell is averaging 27.5 points and 6.4 assists while shooting 52% from the field and 54% from beyond the arc.
It now looks like the Lakers will stand pat and won't go out of their way to add Murray before the trade deadline. However, things move quickly in the NBA, so it'd be no surprise if these sides reconvene closer to the Feb. 8 cutoff.
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