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What to do about the Dejounte Murray-to-Atlanta rumors

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It’s that dead period between the draft and free agency, when rumors start to get out of hand in anticipation of July 1. Perhaps the most prominent involves Spurs guard Dejounte Murray and the Atlanta Hawks. It was already reported before the draft that the Spurs were doing their due diligence and listening to offers for their star guard, but were demanding the “Jrue Vacation Package,” aka a borderline star player (at worst) and three future first-round picks.

That seems like a lot to ask and no one is likely to bite, but more smoke is now being added to the fire as Hawks forward John Collins (there’s that name again) is supposedly “done” with Atlanta, and he and three top round picks would theoretically fit the “Jrue Vacation Package” criteria. While Spurs fans might scoff at another Collins-to-Spurs rumor, according to Pat Benson of FanSided’s all the hawksWhere there is smoke there is fire.

Here are some of the reasons he lists for adding credence to the rumour:

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  • Hawks shooting guard Trae Young and Murray recently followed each other on Twitter, both are represented by powerhouse agency Klutch Sports Group and are reportedly interested in playing together.
  • Murray recently traveled to Atlanta and posted photos of himself working there.
  • The Spurs will soon face a tough decision with Murray and free agency, who will be close to a maximum contract and likely to get it from someone, even if it’s not the Spurs.
  • The Spurs have shown continued interest in Collins over the past few seasons and are reportedly still asking about him today.

Those are all legitimate reasons to monitor this possible rumor, but there are also several reasons to be skeptical.

  • Players following each other on social media or expressing interest in playing together isn’t that unusual, and it’s entirely possible that Murray and Young simply bonded while playing together on Team Durant in the 2022 All Star Game. It’s also not unusual for players travel and exercise together during the off-season.
  • Yes, Klutch Sports is a powerful agency and has a knack for getting what their clients want, but the “these two players are represented by the same agency” rhetoric is often overblown and unrelated to most situations. as much as intended. be.
  • The bits about the Spurs’ continued interest in Collins and looking ahead to Murray’s future contract are more believable, but it’s still worth noting that there are two years left on his current deal. He’s on a bargain deal for an All Star, so are the Spurs really looking to the future?
  • Last but not least, these rumors all come from the same source: Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report. I don’t want to take any credit away, but a source doesn’t make a rumour. And in this case, I wouldn’t count Murray’s social media activity as a “source,” considering he loves being a troll and messing with people by adding flames to the fire. (Remember Zach LaVine’s tweet?)

In the end, this may very well end up being a believable or even true rumor. There is no doubt that the two teams have been talking to each other; otherwise they wouldn’t be doing their job. It’s also worth noting that the Spurs used two of their three first-round picks to nab defensive-minded guards with ball-handling skills, including one with a potentially higher offensive ceiling than Murray in Malaki Branham.

However, for now this remains what it is: a rumor. It’ll take more than one source (especially when it’s not Adrian Wojnarowski or Shams Charania) and some social media shenanigans to be convinced, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

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