1. Capela heads to the Lakers
This may be the most surprising trade, but the Lakers have continuously tried to find a starting center to play next to Anthony Davis. The Lakers have a $16.5 million team option on Beasley’s contract that may decline to create cap space, but the Hawks are looking for shooters and wing help. Could they get two rotation-ready wings for Capela in one move?
The Hawks want another perimeter defender, and the Lakers may be ready to move on from Vanderbilt after he tumbled out of the rotation in the playoffs. The 6’9 wing’s offensive game is a work in progress, but he can guard on the ball with the versatility to take on multiple positions.
The Lakers get a starting center and a bench shooter out of the trade. They likely have to give up a second-round pick to incentivize the Hawks to part with a starter for two rotation players. Still, this trade could be a win-win that helps both teams contend moving forward.
Will the Atlanta Hawks trade Clint Capela this summer? Expect the new front office to have plenty of discussions on multiple players, but can they find a deal that works? They are motivated to make improvements, but only time will tell, so stay tuned.