Dejounte Murray’s Commerce Rating: The Hawks obtained an ‘A’ for giving Trae Younger an All-Star teammate; Spurs ‘mark unfinished’

The San Antonio Spurs agreed to exchange Dejounte Murray with Atlanta Hawks In exchange for Danilo Gallinari, three future picks and future pick swaps, CBS Sports HQ’s Bill Reiter confirmed Wednesday. Spurs will have the first pick in 2023 through Charlotte Hornetsand the 2025 and 2027 first-round picks are not covered through the Hawks. The option swap between the Spurs and the Hawks will take place in 2026.

Murray, who was picked late in the first round in 2016, is having the best season of his career, in which he leads the league in steals and makes it to the All-Star Game for the first time. He averaged 21.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 9.2 assists and two steals, while shooting 46.2% from the field. All of those marks are the pinnacle of his career. The Hawks will now pair him with Trae Young to form one of the best youth teams in the league.

As for the Spurs, they’re headed for a rebuild – something they hope will set them up with a first pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, and a chance to grab Victor Wembanyama. The seven-foot-2-tall 18-year-old Frenchman is seen by many as a promising generation, and has made an impression as a professional player back home.

Let’s classify the trade.



After unexpectedly reaching the Eastern Conference finals in 2021, the Hawks appear to be a team on the rise. Instead, they took a step back last season and had to make a big comeback first Cleveland Cavaliers in the play-in tournament only to sneak into the knockout round as the 8th seed.

In January, when the team was still skewing under 500, GM Travis Schlenk gave an interesting interview in which he admitted to reading too much during their 2021 playoffs. “Maybe I need to lower my expectations for this team,” Schlenk said. “I have to accept that responsibility that it’s probably not a great idea to bring people back. That’s on me.”

At that point, it became clear that whatever finally happened in the last few months of last season, the Hawks were in for a transformative summer. In recognition of his credit, Schlenk didn’t wait long to put his words into action, and acquired one of the league’s most versatile young bodyguards.

To what extent the Hawks will be able to challenge the entrenched candidates at the Eastern end remains to be seen – and will depend on what other moves they make this summer – but they’re better for now. much more than before the transaction . Here’s a look at the boost Murray gave them based on predictions by SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh:

No Murray




With Murray






+ 17.0%

+ 3.2%

Murray, who led the league in steals last season, is one of the best outfield defenders thanks in large part to his incredible 6-foot-10 wingspan. He will be able to tackle some of Trae Young’s problems on that side of the ball, and will single-handedly improve the Hawks’ defense that finished 26th in the league last season and allowed 113.7 points out of 100. ownership times.

In addition, Murray is a talented midfielder and is having the most effective scoring season. It’s worth noting, however, that he’s the best finisher in the box or from mid-range, and shot just 32.7 percent from three points last season. That evokes perhaps the most interesting aspect of the transaction, which is that it seems likely to require Young to play more football than he’s ever had in his career.

Young, who shot 48.1% when catching and shooting 3 pointers last season (albeit only one per game), is more than capable of that. However, it will require a serious bribe from a player more used to holding the ball in hand than anyone in the league. Plus, it will be interesting to see how that will affect the Hawks’ offense. For all defensive matters, they scored last season, second in the league with 115.4 points per 100 possessions, behind Young’s aggressive approach.

But for any growing pain that could come next season, this purchase is a no-brainer for the Hawks. They have a 25-year-old All-Star emerging for what will be a few late picks in the first round if everything goes according to plan.

Grade A



  • Danilo Gallinari
  • 2023 First Round Selection via Charlotte Hornets
  • First Pick 2025 via Atlanta Hawks (unguarded)
  • First round options exchange 2026 via Atlanta Hawks
  • First Pick 2027 via Atlanta Hawks (unguarded)

When Spurs traded Derrick White for Boston Celtics for Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford, the 2022 first-round pick (who became Blake Wesley) and the 2028 first-round return-swap on last season’s trade deadline, it caused a little surprise. For now, however, we can see it as the first step of a tear.

They further scrapped their roster on Wednesday by trading Murray, who is one of the league’s most exciting young keepers, and is about to have the best season of his career. Nothing hides their intentions at this point: Spurs dive first to enter the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes.

It’s hard to blame them. Wembanyama, a 7-foot-2, 18-year-old French athlete, is one of the most attractive prospects ever on the world stage. His grotesque combination of size, length, and coordination make him a destructive defensive force who can defy any hit at the belt and more of a hold. his circumference. He was a constant threat to the ball and made an impressive display when hitting the basket. (For more, check out this analysis by our own Kyle Boone.)

If the Spurs’ tank is successful and they end up with the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, this could come down as a league-changing deal. Wembanyama has a special opportunity. However, the deal is putting a lot of stock in the draft lottery win, which is no guarantee given the newly flattened odds.

You can have the worst record in the league with 10 games and still easily get 3rd. There will still be a good player in that pick, but no Wembanyama. If that happens, you really believe the Hawks will collapse in a few years – which is less likely now that they have Murray.

The 2023 pick through the Hornets will likely be in the middle of the first round, and the 2025 pick through the Hawks metrics will also be in the second half of the first round. The first 2026 and 2027 options swaps via the Hawks are too far in the future to discuss any certainty, but there’s a good chance neither of them are particularly significant. In that very real scenario, you don’t get much for an All-Star guard entering his prime.

Of course, the Spurs know all this, just as they know that if they keep Murray (and White) they will be left with their wheels in mediocrity. Plunging into Wembanyama is a risk, but the potential profit could change their franchise forever. Only time will tell if they bet on it.

Grade: Unfinished

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