Grade the trades: 2 Proposals to land stars for Trae Young, Dejounte Murray

Two new offseason trade proposals would see the Atlanta Hawks land All-Star players in return for their backcourt duo.
Atlanta Hawks guards Dejounte Murray and Trae Young
Atlanta Hawks guards Dejounte Murray and Trae Young / Todd Kirkland/GettyImages
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Many still expect the Atlanta Hawks to trade one of their two All-Star guards this offseason.

There is less expectation for them to move off both, though that too remains a distinct possibility as they enter a potentially pivotal offseason. The No. 1 pick will be the first domino to fall, with free agency soon after.

The Hawks could steal the show in all phases with their plans for Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, and the No. 1 pick unclear at this point.

Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey suggested a pair of trades involving the two guards.

Proposed trade sends Hawks Trae Young to Heat

Dealing with a division rival is tricky in the NBA. The distinction only really comes into play for scheduling and tie-breakers. But it nonetheless could make for reluctancy from front offices of division rivals to hammer out a trade.

Bailey’s first hypothetical deal sends Young – who is going into the third year of a five-year, $215.1 million contract  – to the Miami Heat for former Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro.

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“Given his point forward potential, Jaime Jaquez Jr. should be worth more than most of the first-round picks in this year's draft. Tyler Herro is a proven 20-plus-point-per-game scorer. And though Terry Rozier isn't a prospect, his salary is necessary to make the trade work,” Bailey wrote on May 26. “The Hawks could get more draft compensation from other teams, but they might want more immediate returns.”

Herro averaged a career-high 20.8 points per game last season, shooting 39.6% from deep.

However, he only made 42 appearances, the fewest of his five-year career. Herro is also going into Year 2 of a four-year, $120 million contract. He carries a $29 million cap hit for next season and a $33 million hit in the final season with no outs.

Jaquez earned All-Rookie honors, averaging 11.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists this past season. 

He’s not a shooter (32.2%) but plays hard and smart on both ends of the floor.

Rozier is heading into the third year of a four-year, $96.2 million pact with a $24.9 million hit in 2024-25. He averaged 16.4 points on 53.1% true shooting in 31 appearances with the Heat after a mid-season trade from the Charlotte Hornets.

This deal would add more than $10 million to the Hawks’ books. They are $10.7 million below the luxury tax threshold.

Giving up on Bufkin is not easy either, even after a stunted rookie campaign.

Grade – B-: This deal would bring back a sizeable return with the grade only brought down by the uncertainty around the draft capital.