1. Donovan Mitchell
Mitchell is the biggest name in trade rumors. The four-time All-Star is likely to stay in Cleveland beyond the deadline, but the Cavaliers have a crucial decision to make in the months ahead. He is extension-eligible in the offseason and can become a free agent in the summer of 2025. If Mitchell is unwilling to sign a long-term deal, the Cavs must explore his trade market. They cannot risk losing him without a return.
Mitchell is one of the NBA’s best scorers and an elite offensive weapon. He is a proven playoff bucket who instantly improves the Lakers' title odds. Mitchell has experience playing on and off the ball. He would be fantastic in Los Angeles if Rob Pelinka and the front office are willing to go all-in to acquire him.
They should be willing to trade Austin Reaves for a superstar. The 25-year-old wing is on a value contract but is a quality role player. Reaves is not an All-Star or All-NBA talent. Mitchell is a superstar, who is eager to win. What better place to cement your legacy than playing next to LeBron in Hollywood on the most popular team in the league?
The Los Angeles Lakers should only trade Austin Reaves if they get a star in return. Can they find a blockbuster move before the Feb. 8 deadline? Expect the front office to uncover every stone, and stay tuned for all the latest.