Hawks and Knicks Spoke About Dejounte Murray For a Potential Flip

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The Atlanta Hawks received trade offers for Murray before this past winter’s trade deadline, but none were compelling enough to finalize a deal.

They discussed potential trades with the Knicks, but they never came close to agreeing on terms as per Fred Katz of The Athletic.

Murray was attractive to New York because they could potentially trade him again for a star player either this summer or next season after acquiring him at the deadline.

This season, Murray averaged 22.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 6.4 assists. However, his defensive rating with the Hawks was 119.4, indicating weaknesses on defense that could impact his team’s performance.

Next season, Murray will begin a four-year, $114 million veteran extension, which will make up about 17.92% of the league’s salary cap.

While Murray would have bolstered the Knicks’ scoring options significantly, concerns lingered about his defensive skills potentially affecting overall team performance.

Looking ahead, the Knicks face critical decisions in the upcoming offseason. They must address contract situations and possibly adjust salaries.

They may also need to consider drafting new talent or acquiring experienced players if key team members leave during free agency.

This season, the Knicks reached the EC semifinals and had the opportunity to make the ECF finals for the first time since 2000, but they failed to achieve that feat after a Game 7 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

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