In a movement that has been heating up for days, the Atlanta Hawks have finally acquired the services of Dejounte Murray, who arrives transferred from San Antonio; reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The Georgia franchise’s commitment to the young point guard is important, since in exchange they send Danilo Gallinari and three first rounds of the draft to the Spurs: the 2023 one via the Charlotte Hornets and the team’s own for the years 2025 and 2027. In addition, they give the Texas organization the opportunity to exchange the 2026 picks.
Only the future will tell how the agreement for the Hawks turns out, but what is certain is that Travis Schlenk, general manager of the organization, has kept his word, since in May he assured that they would be aggressive in the market and that they would not return to make a mistake keeping the same staff from one year to the next.
What is certain is that Atlanta is done with a piece of great value. Murray, who was number 29 in the 2016 draft, has made a huge leap in the season just ended by becoming an All-Star averaging 21.1 points, 9.2 assists, 8.3 rebounds and 2 steals; yes, he has put up some spectacular numbers.
Murray now joins a team that stunned in 2021 and was hit hard in 2022, when it barely made the playoffs; yes, he will have enormous talent next to him as Trae Young. Will they work together? We assume that in Georgia they see clearly that this will be the case.
Spurs, total reconstruction
If there was any doubt, they have just cleared it. San Antonio had an All-Star in Murray on its hands to build on. However, understanding that they did not have the capacity to grow enough from that point – that is what they must have thought – they have preferred to give it an outlet to accumulate draft rounds that help them press the reset button and create a new project. Of course it’s hard to understand why they would part with Murray, but they must have some plan. And well, this new route may link with the end of a legend like Gregg Popovich on the bench.
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