Dejont Murray is a young All-Star at the heart of San Antonio’s ongoing redevelopment.
The Spurs are also listening to Murray’s trade offers, specifically talking to Atlanta about a trade. John Collinsbased on a deal, but San Antonio’s asking price is very high, reports Jake Fisher in Bleacher Report. Other reporters confirmed the talks, but added that the deal was not closed at the moment.
The Spurs are putting up bids for Murray and have informed several interested teams that it will take “Jrue Holidaya “similar package” for San Antonio to part ways with the 25-year-old floor general, setting a rough three-pick first-round bar for any challenger to release Murray.
League sources told B/R that the most important discussions in San Antonio regarding Murray appear to have been with the Atlanta Hawks in a framework that would send Collins back to the Spurs. San Antonio and Atlanta have been discussing this concept of a deal since at least the February trading deadline.
As @JakeLFischer The Hawks have reportedly discussed a trade involving John Collins and Spurs guard Dejeune Murray, but I’ve been told it’s not close yet.
I’m not saying it won’t happen, just don’t close this second.
— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) June 23, 2022
Interestingly, Murray wrote about it earlier in the day, before the rumors about Collins were out.
— Dejounte Murray (@DejounteMurray) June 21, 2022
Then, after the news became public, he added this.
Uhhhhhh 🍿 https://t.co/1NeNKS9oYG
— Dejounte Murray (@DejounteMurray) June 23, 2022
It’s easy to see Atlanta’s motivation here, as they strive to both create secondary shots and better perimeter defense. Trae Young and Murray checks both boxes. Murray was second in Most Improved Player voting last season, averaging 21.1 points, 9.2 assists, 8.3 rebounds and two league-leading steals per game.
That the Spurs listen to suggestions at all and don’t hang up the second the phone is called by another GM speaks volumes. Murray is currently in the All-Star Game and has a four-year, $64 million rookie contract extension, but as Fisher points out, it expires in 2024 and Murray is looking to max out on his next deal. The Spurs may not be willing to pay that amount. Collins has four years left with $102 million left on his contract (the final season of that contract is player dependent).
Expect the Hawks to be one of the most active teams on the trade market in the coming days and weeks as they take an aggressive stance to rebuild their roster around Young.
The Spurs will continue their patient rebuild and could do so with or without Murray.