New NBA Trade Intel Emerges On De’Andre Hunter, Hawks

DeAndre Hunter, Atlanta Hawks, NBA Rumors
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The Atlanta Hawks are open to trading De’Andre Hunter, according to NBA insider Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report.

The Hawks want to give AJ Griffin more playing time.

“League sources say the Atlanta Hawks have explored the idea of trading De’Andre Hunter with AJ Griffin needing more playing time,” Wasserman wrote.

The Hawks drafted Hunter with the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft out of Virginia. The 25-year-old averaged 15.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists this past season while shooting 46.1% from the field, 35.0% from beyond the arc and 82.6% from the free-throw line.

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: De’Andre Hunter & Atlanta Hawks Updates

Hunter signed a four-year, $90 million rookie contract extension with the Hawks in October 2022. He’ll make $20.1 million next season. The small forward has career averages of 13.9 points, 4.2 boards and 1.5 assists while shooting 44.4% overall, 35.6% from 3-point range and 79.9% from the free-throw line.

The Hawks won 41 games this past season. They lost to the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2023 playoffs in six games. Former Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder was hired in February. The Hawks went 13-15 under Snyder.

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: De’Andre Hunter & Atlanta Hawks Updates

Atlanta has told opposing teams it’s open to conversations about all of its roster outside of Trae Young, according to NBA insider Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports. Young signed a five-year, $215.2 million rookie maximum extension with the Hawks in August 2021. 

“The Hawks have told opposing teams Atlanta is open to conversations about all of its roster outside of Trae Young, league sources told Yahoo Sports,” Fischer wrote. “That does not mean the Hawks are actively shopping Dejounte Murray, whom the franchise sent three first-round picks to acquire from San Antonio last offseason, because Murray, in that respect, would cost quite a lot for Atlanta to part with. The Hawks are valuing their players in some form of tier structure, sources said, where Murray stands in his own realm after Young.”

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