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The Hawks get help for Trae Young, plus prepare for NBA’s free agency frenzy

The Hawks get help for Trae Young, plus prepare for NBA's free agency frenzy

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THE ATLANTA HAWKS…

The Hawks have been stuck being good — not great — for the past two seasons. Yesterday, they took the next step, acquiring All-Star guard Dejounte Murray from the Spurs. Here are the full details.

Hawks get:

Spurs get:

  • Danilo Gallinari
  • 2023 first-round pick via Charlotte
  • 2025 first-round pick via Atlanta
  • 2026 first-round pick swap with Atlanta
  • 2027 first-round pick via Atlanta

Murray, 25, should be a strong fit alongside Trae Young. He adds much-needed defensive toughness to a team that finished 26th in defensive rating. He’s on an affordable deal ($16.5 million this season, $17.7 million the next) and joins a core that includes Young, De’Andre Hunter, John Collins, Kevin Huerter and Onyeka Okongwu (all 25 or younger), as well as vets Clint Capela and Bogdan Bogdanovic.

  • Last season, Murray became the only player in NBA history to average 20-plus points, eight-plus rebounds, nine-plus assists and two-plus steals.
  • He also had 13 triple-doubles — second to only MVP Nikola Jokic.
  • Standing 6’5″ with a 6’10” wingspan, Murray is a nightmare for smaller guards and can hold his own against wings.

Atlanta earned an “A” in our NBA expert Jack Maloney’s trade grades. According to SportsLine’s calculations, with Murray in the mix, Atlanta’s projected win total jumped from 41.2 to 44, and its chance to make the playoffs jumped from 54.6% to 71.6%.

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