The Atlanta Hawks 2023-24 season has not gone according to plan, as they sit in 11th place in the East at 15-21 as we approach the midpoint of the season. In fact, the Hawks haven’t quite reached the heights they hoped for the past two seasons, when they traded three picks in the first round to pair Dejounte Murray with Trae Young in the backcourt.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Now, with the trade deadline approaching in a month’s time, there are daily reports coming from nearly every newsbreaker in the league about Murray’s availability on the trade market and teams interested in him. Earlier this week Shams Charania said the Spurs were interested in potentially bringing Murray back – which I have some questions about, as Murray wasn’t exactly glowing in his review of his time with the Spurs after the trade to Atlanta. Were staying. Adrian Wojnarowski then said on the threads that the Hawks have gone “as far as they’ll probably go” with the Murray-Young backcourt. Marc Stein has similarly detailed the Hawks’ openness to dealing Murray, and on Thursday Jake Fisher provided a list of five teams that have at least considered a trade for Murray with the Hawks. Kind of discussed.
Murray has drawn a big market during early talks around the league. Sources said the Hawks have been considered one of the more aggressive front offices this season, in reference to teams being willing to approach rival executives with actual trade concepts as opposed to general interest in specific players. And at this juncture, to varying degrees, the Lakers, Knicks, Sixers, Heat and Pistons are the five suitors expected to join Atlanta in acquiring Murray in the coming days and weeks before February 8:
However, while there is a lot of interest, there are no clear contenders. Fisher points out that the Knicks and Sixers are likely to be more cautious in their approach to the deadline and that teams seem to be poking around rather than aggressively pursuing Murray. He says the Lakers don’t want to add Austin Reaves and the Hawks have no interest in D’Angelo Russell, stalling talks between those teams. The Heat have a backcourt need but haven’t progressed beyond early conversations, and the Pistons are basically exploring every possible avenue available to them given their 3-35 record.
All this is to say, Murray definitely looks like he’s going to be moved in the next month, but there isn’t a favorite team to bring him to. This is partly because his value was once considered a defensive stopper, but in Atlanta he has been net-negative on that end. Some would counter that a better situation could bring more results from him on that end, but teams aren’t as excited about his two-way impact as they were when he was an All-Star in San Antonio. Had come forward.