Austin Reaves could form All-Sooner backcourt with Trae Young
Austin Reaves is roughly 100 days older than Young, but he has been in the league for three fewer seasons. That aside, their other links between the two that suggest their locker room fit would match their potential on-court fit.
Reaves broke out last season, proving to be a vital piece to the Lakers’ run to the Western Conference Finals.
This season has been a bit stagnant for Reaves, who has reverted to a bench role.
That could make him less ideal of a replacement for Murray. But his inclusion would be as part of a package anyway, though. He still offers enough secondary playmaking, shot-making, and hustle to complement Young well in the backcourt, though defense would remain an issue with both players often finding themselves sought out by opposing offenses.
Cam Thomas would be explosive backcourt option
If Reaves is more of leaning into the Hawks’ strength of being an offensive force, acquiring Cam Thomas would be the ultimate boom-or-bust version of that. Thomas – who would also arrive as part of a package most likely – is arguably the best pure scorer on this list behind Durant.
After flexing his bona fides with three straight 40-point performances last season, Thomas is enjoying a breakout campaign, averaging 22.4 points per game.
He’s shooting 36.3% from deep on a career-high 5.7 attempts.
The drawback is that Thomas is averaging those 22.4 points on 18.6 field goal attempts. He is largely a one-trick pony right now, averaging 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists and finishing with a positive plus-minus in just eight of his 24 appearances (20 starts) this season.