For the last few days, there has been one main topic floating throughout Hawks fandom, centering around a potential trade for Toronto Raptor Pascal Siakam. Nearly everyone concludes Dejounte Murray would have to be involved in that deal as the Hawks are looking to get a return for Murray instead of letting him walk in free agency. However, recent reports tell a whole new story.
Per Jake Fischer via Yahoo Sports (Read the whole article here.)
“The Hawks and Raptors have discussed various concepts to send Siakam to Atlanta in recent weeks, sources said, however those conversations have not generated any forward progress of late. Elsewhere with the Hawks, there continues to be optimism among league personnel familiar with the situation that Atlanta will come to terms on a contract extension for All-Star guard Dejounte Murray.”
As of right now, with only one minor trade made this off-season, it is very unclear what direction the Hawks plan to go in. If they are able to sign Murray to an extension this summer, it sends one very clear message: they will be building around a star-studded backcourt in Trae and Dejounte.
Alongside the report from Fischer, Murray recently took to Twitter with this message.
Is Murray indicating that he is staying loyal to the city of Atlanta? Many fans think so. In consideration of the astronomical contracts being handed out by teams this offseason, it is unlikely the Hawks could match the highest offer for Murray in free agency next year. According to Hawks writer and podcast host Brad Rowland, the Hawks will be able to offer Murray “…up to 4 years and approximately $120 million.”
Very interesting note in here from Jake on Dejounte Murray and a potential extension.
I’ve been hearing all summer that was unlikely and it would be a surprise if he took it, but the ground may be softening.
Hawks can offer up to 4 years and approximately $120 million. https://t.co/0985xvvFlD
— Brad Rowland (@BTRowland) July 5, 2023
Murray also dropped a like on the tweet of this Hawks loyalist.
He also is the type to sacrifice a little for the greater benefit. Maybe we’re underestimating his character and willingness to win
— ATL Chipmunk (@chief_chipmunk) July 5, 2023
At this point in time, I am presenting more speculation than concrete evidence. However, if the Hawks can land a Murray extension, there should be no complaints about their work this off-season.
The DejounTrae era might officially commence under Snyder.
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