Atlanta Hawks make highly-anticipated Dejounte Murray trade: Report

The Atlanta Hawks made a blockbuster trade, sending Dejounte Murray to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Former Atlanta Hawks guard Dejounte Murray
Former Atlanta Hawks guard Dejounte Murray / Sean Gardner/GettyImages

The Atlanta Hawks have ended the Dejounte Murray-Trae Young experiment after just two seasons.

“New Orleans has landed Dejounte Murray to anchor the Pelicans backcourt,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on X on June 28. “Full trade on ESPN: Dejounte Murray for Larry Nance Jr., Dyson Daniels, 2025 first-round pick (via Lakers), 2027 first-round pick (least favorable of Bucks-Pels).”

The Pelicans were one of several teams to register interest in Murray ahead of the trade deadline, and the two sides were expected to reengage in trade talks this offseason. The Hawks had been a “popular landing spot” for Pels star Brandon Ingram.

It is unclear if he still a target for the Hawks for several reasons.

The Hawks signed Murray to a four-year, $114 million contract extension last offseason and trade speculation ramped up soon after.

Hawks break up star backcourt, trade Dejounte Murray

Murray exits the Hawks with a 72-80 record, including a 55-62 mark with Young. The former showcased his wares as a lead guard during a 23-game stretch in which he averaged 24.8 points and 9.2 assists per game while Young was sidelined with injury.

“New Orleans was 0-24 when trailing entering the fourth and 2-14 in close games and see Murray as a player who can generate offense late in games. Pels remain committed to core that includes Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum. Pels are trying to find common ground with Brandon Ingram contract,” Wojnarowski reported.

It is unclear what this means for Young’s future.

He has been adamant that he wants to stay in Atlanta but that he also wants to win. This trade seems to be a step back for the Hawks, though it positions them well for the future.

Young and Murray insisted their personal relationship remained strong and have brushed aside trade speculation. Young is entering Year 3 of a five-year, $215.1 million contract. He has a 

“The Hawks are ending the Murray-Trae Young experiment, bringing on a promising young wing in Dyson Daniels and getting a pick in the deep 2025 draft,” Wojanrowski posted. “Landry Fields knew Hawks had to make a move in backcourt and there's still more offseason work to be done.”