After a disappointing end to last season and many trade rumors swirling around superstar guard Trae Young, the Atlanta Hawks were thought to be very active this summer in their attempts to upgrade their roster ahead of the 2023-24 NBA season.
Trade speculation surrounding Young’s immediate future came to an end, with the team finally trading John Collins rather than the face of the struggling franchise, which signaled the team is moving forward with Young as their cornerstone.
Along with Young seemingly being secure in Atlanta, the Hawks made a move to lock down All-Star guard Dejounte Murray for the next four years, with Shams Charania of The Athletic reporting that the two sides have come to terms on a new deal.
Atlanta Hawks All-Star Dejounte Murray and CEO of Klutch Sports Rich Paul are finalizing a four-year, $120 million veteran maximum extension with the franchise, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Deal includes a player option.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 6, 2023
At one point, all three of the team’s stars appeared to be on the trade block, as Murray joined Young and Collins in rumors about the team potentially making a move or two.
It appears the team is content with Young and Murray leading the way for the franchise moving forward, which is an interesting development, but might be the smart move with Atlanta recently bringing in a capable head coach in Quin Snyder.
With Snyder calling the shots on the sideline, the Hawks appear to be confident that Young and Murray can lead the charge, with role players Bogdan Bogdanovic, De’Andre Hunter, and Saddiq Bey rounding out a talented young roster.
Unfortunately for Atlanta, more will likely be needed if the Hawks hope to contend with the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, and Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference.