A talented two-way combo guard who will take the pressure off of Mikal Bridges, the 27-year-old is one of the biggest names in trade rumors this season and the Nets have the assets to become a sneaky wildcard team to pursue him.
The Brooklyn Nets must consider trading for Dejounte Murray
Murray is a 20.8 points-per-game scorer who can buy a bucket at will in any way possible with a solid paint, mid-range, and three-point game.
In addition to his scoring, Murray is a good rebounder for someone with his 6-foot-5 frame and is also a great defender, even earning All-Defensive honors in 2019.
From a playmaking standpoint, the eight-year veteran may be getting overlooked, for he is no longer the anchor of the offense due to playing alongside one of the best playmakers in the league in Trae Young.
However, during the 2021-22 season, the last time he was tasked with leading the charge as a full-time primary handler, he went on to dish out a whopping 9.2 dimes per contest, the fourth-highest mark in the league that year.
With the Nets, Murray could still be a solid scorer and a playmaker similar to this aforementioned final year with the San Antonio Spurs and even last season with the Hawks.
Murray's addition would also take a lot of pressure off of Mikal Bridges as opposing defenses have started to zero in on him of late, leading to rather inconsistent production as of late.
Bridges is not yet used to being the number one option on a team anyway and needs better players around him to thrive. Before Simmons went down with his back injury, his innate playmaking abilities helped Bridges start off the season well. Murray could provide similar luxuries to help get the budding star back on track.
What would it take for Nets to land Dejounte Murray in a trade?
Now, the main question is what would it take to get a deal for Murray done?
The Hawks are going through a retooling period so they would want the right players who are also on the younger side to have surrounding Young, along with some draft capital.
The Nets have both of these assets in their possession.
A perfect deal for these teams could revolve around an outbound package of Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie, and a 2025 first-round pick in exchange for Murray.
This deal is great for the Hawks as they get that highly coveted draft capital, a replacement guard in Dinwiddie who is a proven scorer and dime-dropper, and Finney-Smith who is a solid wing defender which, frankly, would help out this defensively inept Hawks team tremendously.
The Nets would walk away from this trade happy as well, for Dinwiddie and Finney-Smith may not have much of a future in the 11217 anyway and they currently have ample draft capital. Also, they get a solid long-term player to slot next to Bridges and Cam Johnson.