Dejounte Murray trade figures: Hawks get ‘A’ for giving Trae Young an All-Star teammate; Track mark incomplete

The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to trade Dejounte Murray for the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Danilo Gallinari, three future first-round picks and future first-round pick swap, CBS Sports HQ’s Bill Reiter confirmed Wednesday. The Spurs will have a first-round pick in 2023 via the Charlotte Hornets and unprotected first-round picks in 2025 and 2027 via the Hawks. The choice between the Spurs and Hawks will take place in 2026.

A late first-round pick-up in 2016, Murray is coming off the best season of his career, leading the league in steals and making the All-Star Game for the first time. He averaged 21.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 9.2 assists and two steals, shooting 46.2 percent of the field. All those numbers 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 turning towards a rebuild – one that they hope will help them with first pick in the 2023 NBA Draft and a chance to capture Victor Wembanyama. Widely seen as a generational prospect, the 7-foot-2, 18-year-old French big man has already made an impression as a professional in his native country.

Let’s review the trade.

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After their surprise run to the Eastern Conference finals in 2021, the Hawks looked like a team 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 to sneak into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed.

In January, with the team still floundering below .500, GM Travis Schlenk gave an interesting interview in which he admitted to reading too much in their 2021 playoff run. “Maybe I should lower my expectations for this team,” schlenk said:† “I have to accept that responsibility that maybe it wasn’t such a great idea to bring everyone back. That’s up to me.”

At that point, it was clear that no matter what 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 has acquired one of the most versatile young guards in the league.

How much the Hawks will be able to challenge the entrenched competitors at the top of the East remains to be seen — and will depend on what other moves they make this summer — but they’re much better now than they were before the transaction. . Here’s a look at the boost Murray is giving them based on SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh’s projections:

Without Murray

41.2

54.6%

1.6%

With Murray

44.0

71.6%

4.8%

Influence

+2.8

+17.0%

+3.2%

Murray, who led the league in steals last season, is one of the best perimeter defenders around, thanks in large part to his incredible six-foot wingspan. He will be able to cover some of Trae Young’s problems on that side of the ball, single-handedly improving a Hawks defense that finished 26th in the league last season, allowing 113.7 points per 100 possession.

In addition, Murray is a talented playmaker and is coming off his most efficient scoring season. It’s worth noting, though, that he finishes best around the rim or scores from the mid-range, shooting just 32.7 percent of 3-point land last season. That brings up perhaps the most interesting aspect of the trade, which is that it appears that Young needs to play ball more than ever in his career.

Young, who shot 48.1 percent on catch-and-shoot three-pointers last season (albeit just one per game), is more than capable of that. However, it requires serious buy-in from a player who is used to having the ball in his hands, more than anyone else in the league. Plus, it’ll be interesting to see how that would affect the Hawks’ attack. Despite all their defensive troubles, they scored at will last season, finishing second in the league with 115.4 points per 100 possession behind Young’s vigorous pick-and-roll approach.

But whatever growing pains there may be next season, this trade was a no-brainer for the Hawks. They have a 25-year-old All-Star in attendance for what will be some late first-round picks if everything goes according to plan.

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  • Danilo Gallinari
  • 2023 first round choice via Charlotte Hornets
  • 2025 first round pick over Atlanta Hawks (unprotected)
  • 2026 First Round Pick Swap Over Atlanta Hawks
  • 2027 first round pick over Atlanta Hawks (unprotected)

When the Spurs traded Derrick White against the Boston Celtics for Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford, a 2022 first-round pick (who became Blake Wesley) and a 2028 first-round trade at the trade deadline last season, it came like a bit of a surprise. Now, however, we can see it as the first step in a teardown.

They went on to dismantle their roster on Wednesday by swapping Murray, one of the most interesting young guards in the league, and coming out of the best season of his career. At this point, there is no hiding their intentions: The Spurs are diving first in the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes.

It’s hard to blame them. Wembanyama, an 18-year-old 2m2 Frenchman, is one of the most intriguing prospects to ever make it onto the world stage. His ridiculous combination of size, height and coordination make him a destructive defensive force that can challenge any shot on the rim and more than hold its own on the rim. Offensively, he is a constant lob threat and has shown impressive touch from the basket. (For more, check out this breakdown by our very own Kyle Boone

If the Spurs’ tank succeeds, and they finish with the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, this could be a competition-changing trade. Wembanyama has the chance to be so special. However, the deal puts a lot of stock in winning the draft lottery, which is no guarantee given the new smoothed odds.

You could have the worst record in the league with 10 matches and still easily end up picking number 3. There would still be a good player available on that pick, but no Wembanyama. If that happens, you’re really counting on the Hawks falling apart in a few years – something that’s less likely now that they’ve got Murray.

The 2023 pick through the Hornets will likely be in the middle of the first round, and the 2025 pick through the Hawks will also be in the back half of the first round. The 2026 pick swap and 2027 first through the Hawks are too far off in the future to discuss with any certainty, but chances are neither makes much sense. In that very realistic scenario, you didn’t get much for an All-Star guard hitting his peak.

Of course the Spurs know all this, just as they know that by keeping Murray (and White) they would be spinning their wheels in mediocrity. Going all in for Wembanyama is a risk, but the potential payoff could change their franchise forever. Only time will tell if their bet comes in.

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