Lakers, Heat, 76ers, Pistons, Knicks Show Interest in Dejounte Murray

‣ The Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, and New York Knicks are reportedly interested in acquiring Dejounte Murray from the Atlanta Hawks.
‣ Murray is in the final season of his four-year, $64 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs, and his upcoming four-year, $114.07 million deal with Atlanta begins in 2024-25.
‣ Murray is currently averaging a career-high-tying 21.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.4 steals, and 34.7 minutes per game.

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The Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, and New York Knicks are all eyeing Dejounte Murray. They’re expected to reach out to the Atlanta Hawks about a potential trade.

The Hawks have been quite assertive this season, according to sources. They’ve been proactive, approaching rival executives with actual trade concepts rather than just expressing general interest in specific players. This information comes from Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports.

At this point, the Lakers, Knicks, Sixers, Heat, and Pistons are all expected to engage Atlanta about acquiring Murray. This is expected to happen over the coming days and weeks before the NBA trade deadline on Feb 8.

The Knicks, in particular, are looking to upgrade their point guard depth behind Jalen Brunson. They’ve been on a winning streak since acquiring OG Anunoby from the Toronto Raptors on Dec. 30.

Toronto traded Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa, and Malachi Flynn to the Knicks for RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, and a 2024 second-round draft pick. Murray is in the final season of his four-year, $64 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs. He’s also got a four-year, $114.07 million deal with Atlanta lined up for 2024-25.

The Spurs are also keen on bringing back their 2016 first-round pick. Shams Charania mentioned on FanDuel TV’s “Run It Back” that San Antonio “has a level of exploratory interest” in Murray. Murray’s first five seasons were with San Antonio.

Among the five interested teams, the Sixers seem least likely to add a new star by giving up draft capital. They’re looking to preserve their cap space for next summer. The goal is to target a max salary player in a trade or free agency.

On Nov. 1, Philadelphia traded James Harden, P.J. Tucker, and Filip Petrusev to the Los Angeles Clippers. They got Marcus Morris, Nic Batum, Robert Covington, KJ Martin, a 2028 unprotected first-round pick, two second-round picks, a 2029 pick swap, and an additional first-round pick from a third team in return.

The 76ers also brought back expiring contracts this season. This move will give them the financial capacity to have as much as $50-65 million in salary cap space next summer, as per ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

During the offseason, the Heat offered Tyler Herro and multiple draft picks to the Portland Trail Blazers for Damian Lillard. However, Portland general manager Joe Cronin declined the trade package. The Blazers wanted Bam Adebayo, who Miami refused to make available. The Heat may withdraw their trade interest in Murray if Atlanta demands Adebayo in a package as well.

Miami is currently 21-16 and ranks seventh in the Eastern Conference standings. As for the Lakers, no news might be bad news.

Murray has been performing well this season with the Hawks. He’s averaging a career-high-tying 21.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.4 steals, and 34.7 minutes per game. He’s also shooting career bests of 46.6% from the floor and 39.4% from 3-point range. Murray ranks 11th in steals (49) and 17th in minutes played (1,250) this season.

James Shotwell
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