3. Dejounte Murray
Again, just a few weeks ago, this spot could have been filled by Trae Young, who had seemingly worn out his welcome in Atlanta. As the old adage, however, “winning cures everything.” While the Hawks may not have won it all, or even a series for that matter, they (specifically Young) proved more resilient than many had initially believed.
Overcoming the Heat and nearly pushing the Celtics to Game 7 may seem like a moral victory, and admittedly, it is, but that seems to be enough to save Young from the trade block. Dejounte Murray, however, may not be so lucky. It would be rash, borderline irresponsible, to explore trading a player they had not only just acquired but at such a premium also.
That being said, Murray’s postseason did not exactly go as expected. Aside from his somewhat messy fit next to Trae Young, Murray proved a bit too passionate at times which cost him in the form of a suspension for Game 5. The irony of that suspension is that the Hawks came out looking much more fluent offensively without him.
The biggest reason, hand in hand with the seemingly ill fit, is that Murray is also the Hawks’ move valuable asset outside of Trae Young. If the team is looking to add another star, pairing Murray with some other young assets could be the path.