The Hawks are yet to make a move since free agency opened this Friday at 6 PM Eastern Time. However, there are already major implications for the organization, especially when it comes to Dejounte Murray.
Among notable signings; Fred VanVleet signed a three-year $130 million deal with the Rockets, Kyrie Irving signed a three-year $126M deal with the Mavericks, Jerami Grant signed a five-year, $160 million deal with the Trail-Blazers, and Bruce Brown signed a two-year $45 million deal with the Pacers.
What does this mean for Dejounte Murray? With a similar (or lower) tier of players signing huge deals, it’s now very apparent that he won’t be remotely cheap to resign. VanVleet, who is coming off a season where he averaged 19.3 points and 7.2 assists, now has a higher average salary than Trae Young. We have seen multiple trade rumors that involve Dejounte Murray, but none with any merit. The Raptors were originally seen as a good suitor in a deal for Pascal Siakam, but they have now signed Dennis Schroder to a two-year contract.
If the Hawks keep Murray, he becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season. From there he can re-sign or walk for nothing. If the market is similar to this season, it is likely the Hawks won’t be able to afford him. Considering the Hawks gave up three first round picks for Murray, it obviously wouldn’t be ideal to see him walk away with nothing in return. Seeing these new contracts may further incentivize the front office to trade Murray sooner rather than later.
Though the Hawks haven’t made any moves, things have certainly gotten interesting.
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