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Trae Young Next Team Odds: Could Wizards Trade For Star Guard?

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Trae Young Next Team Odds: Could Wizards Trade For Star Guard?

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Trae Young is an undeniable offensive talent. But he’s also considered by some to be a defensive liability, and his erratic shoot-first mentality for a point guard doesn’t mesh with all coaches and systems. 

Quinn Snyder, the new coach of the Atlanta Hawks, may be one of those who doesn't see Young as the ideal PG in his system. Now, rumors are spreading that Young could be on the block. In fact, the Hawks front office has reportedly OK'd shopping their two-time All-Star. 

Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has used his resources of NBA contacts developed over 20 years covering the league to create his hypothetical NBA futures odds on where Young plays for the 2023-24 season. 

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Trae Young Trade Odds

TeamOddsImplied Probability
Atlanta Hawks+25028.6%
Washington Wizards+50016.7%
Miami Heat+65013.3%
Philadelphia 76ers+75011.8%
LA Lakers+85011.1%
LA Clippers+10009.1%
Toronto Raptors+12007.7%
Dallas Mavericks+12007.7%
The Field+62513.8%

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From a statistical standpoint, Young is a powerhouse. But he’s also wildly inconsistent, and that’s an issue with someone who has the ball in his hands a lot. 

He is averaging 25.5 ppg over five seasons with the Hawks. His 10.2 assists per game this year was a career-best. But his 42.9% field goal percentage and 33.5% on 3’s were the lowest marks since his rookie year. 

We saw what he can accomplish in the Play-In Tournament game against the Heat, in which he had 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead Atlanta to the No. 7 seed. That said, he also allowed a game-high 33 points to struggling veteran Kyle Lowry. 

The Hawks are reportedly eager to see how Young responds to requests to become a true team leader. Young is signed through 2025-26 with a team option for 26-27. His cap number of $40.1 million next season ranks 16th among players. 

For their part, the Hawks on April 11 declared there was “absolutely no merit” to any trade rumors. Young himself shrugged off the scuttlebutt. “It could be false, it could be true, you never know,” he quipped. 

For a 25 ppg player under contract for a few more years, the Hawks could get a haul in a trade. There are teams who are either in dire need of a point guard, or could be, depending on how free agency pans out. 

Potential Landing Spots for Trae Young

The Washington Wizards have been looking for a 1-2 punch alongside Bradley Beal, but so far nothing has stuck. The Wizards have some big contracts coming off the books and current PG Monte Morris (10.3 ppg, 5.2 apg) isn’t taking any pressure off Beal. 

Similarly, the Miami Heat have been seeking someone to join Jimmy Butler. Lowry is getting up there in age. The Heat got a first-hand look as to what a Young-led squad can do in the Play-In Tournament. 

The Los Angeles Lakers (D’Angelo Russell), Los Angeles Clippers (Russell Westbrook) and Dallas Mavericks (Kyrie Irving) each have high-scoring, veteran PGs that will be unrestricted free agents. Young could fill the void of any of those guys at a similar salary level.

The Toronto Raptors may lose Fred VanVleet via a player option. The same goes for the Philadelphia 76ers and James Harden. The Sixers have indicated an interest in moving PG Tyrese Maxey to shooting guard, and freeing up Harden’s contract allows them to get another dynamic point. 

The Field has a huge swath of teams that may come out of left field and acquire an All-Star, scoring point guard and “face of the franchise” type. That includes, but is not limited to, the San Antonio Spurs, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons

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Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been established as one of the nation's premier handicappers, specializing in the NFL where he's hit on more than 60% over the past three years. Adam's NBA, PGA and horse racing picks have also produced major winners over the last 12 months. His customized NFL and NBA odds for players and teams have been picked up by hundreds of websites over the past year.