Dejounte Murray to Sacramento Kings: Makes sense
The Sacramento Kings are by far the most non-conventional “good fit” on this list given the presence of another below-average career three-point shooter in De’Aaron Fox. But he as morphed into a reliable three-point shooter this season.
Fox is shooting 39.6% from deep this season, a number that jumps to 40.5% on catch-and-shoot looks, per NBA.com.
Murray is shooting 36.4% from three and 35.5% on catch-and-shoot opportunities.
Sacramento is coming off snapping their 14-year playoff drought and sit fifth in the Western Conference. They might feel they have enough to compete with their fellow risers in the West as well as the established elite without making such a significant trade.
But they had success going to the Hawks well before, acquiring Kevin Huerter ahead of last season.
That deal left them with control of all of their picks after the 2025 season.
It might be painful for the Hawks – and especially fans – to see another former Hawk land there and proceed to have more success than they have post-trade. But they might be able to extract the most value from the Kings in terms of picks and valuable pieces for their rotation or future deals.
They are under no deadline to move Murray. So any conversations that are had before the trade deadline (February 8) could very well be revisited in the offseason.