Who is seen as the Atlanta Hawks best value contract

Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /

The Atlanta Hawks have an incredible core of players. They have most of them locked up for the next couple of seasons with the exception of De’Andre Hunter. Things have been too quiet on the contract negotiation front, a fact that changed the mood on media day.

Still, Trae Young is locked in for the next five seasons, John Collins is locked in for the next four seasons which gives the Hawks a real ability to build around this pair. The other players who are locked in longer-term are rookie AJ Griffin, sophomore Jalen Johnson, and starting center Clint Capela.

However, none of these players are seen to have the best contract for the Atlanta Hawks. That honor goes to the newest All-Star member of the Atlanta Hawks, Dejounte Murray. Now, let’s take a look at why this contract is so good, well according to Bleacher Report scribe Andy Bailey anyway.

Why Dejounte Murray is seen to have the best contract for the Atlanta Hawks?

Well, when you look at the level of production compared to cost output, there really is no comparison on the roster. He is due $16.6 million this season and $17.7 million next season. The only player who is in the same company is Bogdan Bogdanovic who is being paid $18.0 million for the next two seasons.

Bogdanovic is a tremendous shooter, a good solid second option but does not bring to the team what Murray does. The newest Hawks starter averaged 21.1 points, 9.2 assists, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game.

He led the league in steals and was fourth in the league in assists and he is on a mid-level deal. He will want more to stay with the Hawks but this could work for the Hawks given that the salary cap is set to increase again.

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Now the Hawks have a true big-3 and the front office managed to get this done by trading an aging quality player for a younger, two-way All-Star. Let’s see how far this can take the Hawks this season and into the future.