We are less than one month from the Feb. 8 NBA Trade Deadline. While there’s only been one big trade–Toronto sending OG Anunoby to the New York Knicks for Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett in a five-player swap–plenty of scuttlebutt has swirled leaguewide, and it won’t slow down any time soon.
One team looking to part with multiple pieces is the Atlanta Hawks, with one name that particularly sticks out: Dejounte Murray.
According to Yahoo! Sports NBA reporter Jake Fischer, the Heat and Hawks have engaged in “initial” conversations for Murray, who’s in the final year of a four-year, $64 million deal.
“Miami has left rival teams with the impression that the reigning Eastern Conference champions are looking for ball-handling reinforcements,” Fischer wrote Thursday. “The Heat are another suitor to keep an eye on for Murray, although there hasn’t been anything substantive beyond initial talks between Atlanta and Miami at this point, sources said.”
Fischer also cites that the Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Pistons, the worst team in the NBA, are potential suitors for Murray, even though it’s more than possible more teams could be in on the former Washington product.
The Heat are an interesting fit for the 27-year-old combo guard. They lack the requisite point-of-attack defense–lost by Gabe Vincent’s departure–that would greatly benefit them in an Eastern Conference stacked with high-end lead guards in Jalen Brunson, Damian Lillard and Tyrese Maxey.
Murray is also a good distributor, an exceptional rebounder (for his size) and features good rim pressure, even though he’s struggled finishing at the rim this season; he’s finishing at a 55.9 percent clip, which ranks in the 26th percentile amongst combo guards after finishing in the 60th percentile or greater in each of the last three seasons, according to Cleaning The Glass.
Murray is averaging 21.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.4 steals in 36 games. He’s shooting 46.6 percent from the floor, a career-high 39.4 percent from 3-point range on the highest 3-point volume of his career (6.1 3PA; 8.2 3PA per 100 possessions) and 81.4 percent from the charity stripe.
The Heat must cobble up $16.4 million if it were to complete a trade to Atlanta, assuming it was a two-team trade and he was the only person coming back. They are also known to do their due diligence on all players across the league, so perhaps take this with a grain of salt.
Nevertheless, do you think Dejounte Murray would provide a positive impact for the Heat? Let us know in the comments!
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