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Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell met with ‘we don’t want you’ chants from Hawks fans as trade rumors heat up

Hawks fans have heard the trade rumors linking their team to Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell. It seems some fans are averse to a potential deal.

With Russell and the Lakers in Atlanta on Tuesday, the dedicated “6th Man” section at State Farm Arena made sure to express their feelings loud enough for LA’s prolific guard to hear.

As Russell stepped to the free throw line during the game’s first half, loud chants of “We don’t want you!” rang from the section, which is located directly behind the goal that the Lakers were shooting on.

Russell calmly sank both free throws but as a whole, he had an unforgettable night. He finished with nine points while shooting 3 of 11 from the field as Los Angeles fell to 24-25 on the season with a 16-point loss to Atlanta.

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Looming large over the game were rumors of the Lakers’ interest in acquiring guard Dejounte Murray from Atlanta. To facilitate the deal, Russell has been viewed as the logical trade piece that LA could move. Here is more on a potential deal from Jovan Buha of The Athletic:

The Murray buzz is only increasing — and to noisy levels. The Lakers and Hawks have discussed potential frameworks of a deal, including a version late last week that centered on Russell, (Jalen) Hood-Schifino, the 2029 first-round pick and additional draft compensation, according to multiple team and league sources. Talks have since stalled, but are expected to pick back up closer to the deadline.

The Hawks acquired Murray via trade from the Spurs in the 2022 offseason. Last offseason, he signed a four-year extension with Atlanta worth over $113 million that keeps him under contract through at least the 2026-27 season.

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A one-time All-Star, Murray’s fit next to Trae Young has been complicated, to say the least. While Murray impressed with 24 points and nine assists against the Lakers on Tuesday, he and Young have consistently been looking to find a balance throughout their partnership as backcourt mates.

With that in mind, the rumors linking the underachieving Lakers to Murray make sense but Atlanta’s raucous section of superfans might be on to something regarding Russell. The Hawks are reportedly seeking a third team to reroute LA’s point guard, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The clock is ticking as the teams have just over a week to get a deal done before the NBA’s Feb. 8 trade deadline. Tuesday’s proceedings in Atlanta certainly add another dynamic to the ongoing rumors.

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