DeJonte Murray trade scores: Hawks get an A for Trae Young becoming an All-Star teammate; Spur mark incomplete


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The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to trade Dejonte Murray to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Danilo Gallinari, three future first-round picks and a future first-round trade, Bill Reiter of CBS Sports Headquarters confirmed Wednesday. The Spurs will receive a 2023 first-round pick from the Charlotte Hornets and undefended 2025 and 2027 first-round picks from the Hawks. The trade between the Spurs and the Hawks will take place in 2026.

Murray, drafted late in the first round in 2016, is capping off the best season of his career in which he led the league in steals and made his first All-Star Game. He averaged 21.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 9.2 assists and two steals while shooting 46.2% from the field. All of these grades were career highs. The Hawks will now pair him with Trae Young to form one of the best young backcourts in the league.

As for the Spurs, they are pivoting towards a makeover that they hope will give them the first pick in the 2023 NBA draft and a chance to pick up Victor Wembanyama. The 7’2″ 18-year-old French big man is widely regarded as a prospect of a generation and has already impressed as a pro in his home country.

Let’s evaluate the trade.



After a surprise run to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2021, the Hawks are on the rise. Instead, they took a step back last season and had to make a big comeback against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the play-in tournament only to make it to the playoffs as the No. 8 seed.

In January, with the team still hovering below .500, GM Travis Schlenk gave an interesting interview in which he admitted to reading too much about their 2021 playoffs. “Maybe I need to lower my expectations from this team.” Schlenk said. “I have to take on this responsibility that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to bring everyone back. It’s on me.”

It was clear in that moment that whatever happened in the last few months of last season, the Hawks were in for a transformative summer. To his credit, Schlenk didn’t wait long to put his words into action and acquired one of the most versatile young guards in the league.

To what extent the Hawks can challenge established rivals at the top of the East remains to be seen – and it will depend on what other moves they make this summer – but they are far better now than they were before the trade. . Here’s a look at the momentum Murray is giving them, based on predictions from SportsLine data scientist Steven Oh:

Without Murray




With Murray








Murray, who led the league in steals last season, is one of the best perimeter defenders thanks in large part to his incredible 6ft 10in wingspan. He can cover some of Trae Young’s problems on this side of the ball and single-handedly improve the defense of the Hawks, who finished 26th in the league last season with 113.7 points per 100 possessions.

On top of that, Murray is a talented playmaker and his high-scoring season is coming to an end. However, it’s worth noting that he’s best at finishing near the rim or scoring from mid-range, and last season he made just 32.7% of three-point shots. This brings up perhaps the most interesting aspect of the trade, which is that it looks like Young has to play more without the ball than at any time in his career.

Young, who made 48.1% of three-pointers last season (albeit only once a game), is more than capable of it. However, this will require a serious buy-in from a player who is used to holding the ball more than anyone in the league. Also, it will be interesting to see how this affects the Hawks offense. Despite all the defensive issues, they scored at will last season, finishing second in the league with 115.4 points per 100 possessions after Young’s powerful pick-and-roll approach.

But despite the growing pains that could come next season, the deal was no problem for the Hawks. They have a 25-year-old All-Star who will get some late first-round picks if all goes according to plan.

Excellent rating



  • Danilo Gallinari
  • 2023 first round pick by the Charlotte Hornets
  • 2025 1st round pick via Atlanta Hawks (no defense)
  • 2026 First Round Pick Swap via Atlanta Hawks
  • 2027 1st round pick via Atlanta Hawks (no defense)

When the Spurs traded Derrick White to the Boston Celtics for Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford, a 2022 first-round pick (which became Blake Wesley) and traded a 2028 first-round pick at last season’s trade deadline, it was a bit strange. surprise. However, we can now view this as the first step towards dismantling.

On Wednesday, they continued to break up their roster with the trade of Murray, who is one of the most interesting young defensemen in the league and is having the best season of his career. At the moment, no one hides their intentions: the Spurs dive headlong into the sweepstakes of Victor Wembanyama.

It’s hard to blame them. Vembanyama, an 18-year-old 7-foot-2 Frenchman, is arguably one of the most intriguing prospects to ever enter the world stage. His ridiculous combination of size, length and coordination makes him a devastating defensive force that can defy every rim shot and more than hold his own on the perimeter. Offensively, he is a constant shooting threat and has shown impressive touches away from the basket. (for more, check out this breakdown of our very own Kyle Boone.)

If the Spurs tank succeeds and they get the first pick in the 2023 NBA draft, then this could be a league-changing trade. Wembanyama has a chance to be so special. However, the deal places big bets on winning the draft lottery, which is no guarantee given the new smoothed odds.

You can have the worst record in the league by 10 games and still pick #3 easily. There will still be a good player at that pick, but not Wembanyama. If that happens, you’re really betting that the Hawks will fall apart in a few years, which is less likely now that they have Murray.

The Hornets’ 2023 pick is likely to be in the middle of the first round, and the Hawks’ 2025 pick will also be closer to the back half of the first round. The 2026 pick swap and the 2027 first pick through the Hawks are too far in the future to discuss with any certainty, but there’s a good chance neither of them really matter. In this very realistic scenario, you didn’t get much for an All-Star quarterback coming into his prime.

Of course, the Spurs know all this, just as they know that leaving Murray (and White) will leave them with no talent. Going all-in for Wembanyama is a risk, but the potential win could change their franchise forever. Only time will tell if their bet works.

Rating: incomplete

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