Report: Hawks Initiated Dejounte Murray Trade Discussion With Pistons

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According to NBA insider James L. Edwards III of The Athletic, the Atlanta Hawks initiated a trade discussion with the Detroit Pistons centered around Dejounte Murray.

Trade talks, though, didn’t go far since the Hawks wanted Ausar Thompson and Jaden Ivey.

“A few weeks back, the Hawks initiated a trade discussion with the Pistons centered around Dejounte Murray, league sources told The Athletic,” Edwards III wrote. “The Hawks were interested in Thompson/Ivey and other stuff of good value. Detroit had no interest, according to league sources.”

The Hawks are expected to trade Murray before the February 8 trade deadline. Murray has been linked to the Pistons, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers.

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The Pistons have the worst record in the NBA. They are only 5-39. Meanwhile, the Hawks are 18-26. They are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Murray is averaging 21.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.3 blocks this season while shooting 46.8% from the field, 38.7% from 3 and 83.5% from the free-throw line. The Washington product is making $17.7 million.

The 27-year-old Murray has career averages of 14.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.3 blocks with the San Antonio Spurs and Hawks. He made the 2017-18 All-Defensive Second Team and won the 2021-22 steals title as a member of the Spurs, who traded him to the Hawks in June 2022.

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Murray signed a four-year, $114 million extension with the Hawks last offseason. Most people around the NBA expect the Lakers to acquire Murray since the guard has the same agent (Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group) as LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

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