Dejounte Murray announced himself as one of the top young guards in the NBA last season. After struggling through injuries and inconsistency through his early career, Murray finally cashed in on all of the potential that the San Antonio Spurs saw in him last year.
Through 68 games in 2021-22, he put up 21.1 points, 9.2 assists, and led the league with 2.0 steals per game while shooting 46.2 percent from the field, 32.7 percent from deep, and 79.4 percent from the free-throw line. His impressive sixth-year campaign earned him an All-Star nod and even an All-NBA vote. But could he have arrived just a little too late?
Murray will turn 26 before the 2022-23 NBA season tips off, and the Spurs seem far from ready to compete for a title, even with his talents leading the charge. While they’re not actively shopping their talented young guard, they haven’t deemed as untouchable either.
Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report went on record to say that San Antonio is at least entertaining trade talks for Murray. He’s become a hot name in NBA trade rumors ever since with the Atlanta Hawks becoming a frequently linked team before reports of those talks stalling out.
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The Spurs are fielding offers for Murray and have told multiple interested teams it would take a “Jrue Holiday-like package” for San Antonio to part with the 25-year-old floor general, setting a rough benchmark of three first-round picks for any suitor to pry Murray free.”
While that’s a steep asking price, Dejounte’s emergence as one of the league’s premier two-way ballhandlers makes him worth it for a select few squads who could find themselves in title contention with his services in tow.
Here are the top three teams who should be targeting Murray in trades: