The Atlanta Hawks are hellbent on moving John Collins around Thursday night's NBA draft and also want to add reinforcements around Trae Young in the backcourt. Even though the San Antonio Spurs have engaged them in trade talks regarding Dejounte Murray, though, the two sides apparently remain far apart from reaching a deal.
According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, a “significant gap” exists between San Antonio's asking price for Murray and what the Hawks are comfortable giving up to acquire him.
As Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer reported on Wednesday, sources confirm that there have been significant talks with San Antonio about a deal involving Collins and Spurs guard Dejounte Murray. Yet as of late last night, the Spurs' massive price was seen as exorbitant by the Hawks. A significant gap exists there, it seems, but it's still very much worth watching.
Collins might be the most likely player in the league to change teams on draft night, simmering frustration from onerous contract extension talks and his fraught relationship with Young facilitating a surefire departure from Atlanta.
Murray, however, only began surfacing in trade rumors on Wednesday, when Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report reported the Spurs had engaged in discussions with Atlanta that would send the first-time All-Star to the Hawks in exchange for Collins. The one hold up? San Antonio reportedly seeking a “Jrue Holiday-like package” in a prospective Murray trade, meaning a combined haul of at least one impact player and three future first-round picks.
The Spurs aren't in a rush to move Murray the way the Hawks are Collins. Don't be surprised if San Antonio hangs onto him past draft night, then continues to canvass the league for that reported king's ransom once free agency tips off on July 1st. It wouldn't be at all surprising if the Spurs begin the 2022-23 season with Murray still in tow, either.
Clearly, though, Atlanta at least holds some belief that San Antonio could lower its trade demand for Murray on draft night, perhaps finally finding Young the rangy, disruptive, athletic playmaking partner he needs to be at his best. Are the Hawks willing to bolster their offer for Murray with the pair first-round picks that could placate the Spurs, though? Stay tuned.