Grade the Trade: Can Hawks flip Trae Young to Celtics for Jaylen Brown?: Atlanta Hawks grade
Last summer, the Atlanta Hawks took a major swing, trading a lot of their draft capital in a deal to land Dejounte Murray. In theory, the backcourt combo of Trae Young and Murray should have worked.
Young’s shooting would allow him to play off the ball, while Murray’s defensive dominance could help cover for Young on that end of the court. Unfortunately, it didn’t pan out like that.
Considering all of the quiet rumblings about Young’s locker room presence, there’s always a chance they look to move him instead of Murray if that’s the route they choose to take, especially since the former would likely yield a better return.
Jaylen Brown would get to play for his hometown team in this deal, landing back in Atlanta. The Hawks would benefit from having a scoring threat on the wing capable of creating his own shots.
Pairing Brown with Murray, De’Andre Hunter, John Collins, and Clint Capela would create a more well-rounded, defensively-sound lineup in Atlanta. And having Malcolm Brogdon off the bench would give them a nice spark, too.
That being said, t seems very likely that Atlanta gives the duo more than one year together, especially now that Quin Snyder is in place, but trading one of them could end up being a decent decision.
Plus, while Murray is a solid ball-handler, this deal would be putting a ton of pressure on him to lead the offense, as no one else in the starting lineup would be a quality playmaker.
Trade grade for the Hawks: B