The Atlanta Hawks are set to take on the Boston Celtics tonight, but they’ll be doing so without one of their key players. Dejounte Murray has officially been ruled out, dealing with ongoing health concerns that have persisted over recent months.
Bogdan Bogdanović is expected to step into his position as a probable starter. Additionally, trade rumors have been swirling around Murray, adding another layer of intrigue to his absence from the lineup.
Atlanta has been actively exploring trade options for Murray, aiming to secure the right deal. Thus, his absence tonight could be a precautionary measure to maintain the 27-year-old’s health ahead of any potential trade moves.
Despite having a roster seemingly equipped for contention, the Hawks have struggled to find consistent success this season. Currently sitting in 10th place with a record of 22-28 in the Eastern Conference, they’ve fallen below the .500 mark.
Despite the promising combination of Trae Young, a three-time All-Star, and Murray, one of the league’s top two-way guards, the team has failed to meet expectations.
While there have been fleeting moments of cohesion, the team has lacked the consistency necessary for championship contention. Given their performance this season, a significant turnaround seems unlikely. This raises the question of whether parting ways with Murray could be a strategic move for the Hawks’ future success.
Trading Murray would undoubtedly yield a decent return, but it’s unlikely to match the value they invested in acquiring him from the San Antonio Spurs.
While the front office may be open to the idea, head coach Quin Snyder holds a differing opinion. Sources indicate that Snyder has advocated for retaining Murray, citing his solid performance in court and his manageable contract.
Murray’s individual statistics, averaging 21.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game this season, show consistent improvement. From Snyder’s perspective, relinquishing an All-Star caliber player with playoff potential is not a decision he’s willing to endorse at this stage.