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Hawks add backup for Trae Young, Dejounte Murray after losing Delon Wright to Wizards

Hawks, Aaron Holiday, Dejounte Murray, Trae Young, 2022 NBA Free Agency

The Atlanta Hawks signed 25-year old guard Aaron Holiday on Friday, per Shams Charania. Holiday adds an extra layer of depth behind superstar Trae Young and newly acquired Dejounte Murray. Additionally, it helps make up for losing Delon Wright to the Wizards. 

Holiday has been in the NBA since 2018. He hasn’t been a standout player in the league, but Holiday features positive attributes. He profiles as an athletic guard with impressive instincts on the court. Holiday averaged around 6.5 points and just under 3 assists last season between the Wizards and Suns. 

For his career, Aaron Holiday owns a three-point percentage upwards of 37 percent. His efficiency from deep to go along with playmaking prowess makes him a quality option off of the bench. 

The Hawks have already been busy this offseason. Atlanta’s high-profile move was acquiring 2021-2022 breakout star Dejounte Murray from the San Antonio Spurs for Danilo Gallinari and picks. Atlanta is aiming to build a contender after a fairly mediocre season. 

Hawks President of Basketball Operations Travis Schlenk commented on the Dejounte Murray trade.

“The opportunity to acquire a player of Dejounte’s caliber, just entering his prime, doesn’t come along too often,” Schlenk said. “He has developed into one of the elite two-way guards in the league and we’re thrilled to add him to our group. I’d also like to thank Gallo (Gallinari) for his professionalism and his contributions to the Hawks over the last two seasons.”

Hawks fans have reasons to be excited. Their backcourt is looking stronger than ever with Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, and Aaron Holiday leading the charge.