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Jun 28, 2024 7:17 pm

Reports: Hawks deal G Dejounte Murray to Pelicans

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The New Orleans Pelicans acquired star guard Dejounte Murray from the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, ESPN and The Athletic reported.

The Pelicans will send Atlanta veteran big man Larry Nance Jr., guard Dyson Daniels and first-round draft picks in 2025 and 2027 to land Murray, the reports said.

The 2025 first-rounder originally belonged to the Los Angeles Lakers, while the 2027 pick will be the less favorable of the Pelicans’ own pick or the Milwaukee Bucks’ selection.

The trade brings to an end Murray’s two-year stint alongside Trae Young in the Atlanta backcourt. The Hawks signed Murray to a four-year contract extension worth up to $120 million after acquiring him from the San Antonio Spurs in 2022.

Murray, 27, put up 21.5 points per game with 5.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 152 starts for the Hawks. He shot 35.5 percent from 3-point range. His best career season came in 2021-22, his final year in San Antonio, when he was named an All-Star and averaged 21.1 points, 9.2 assists, 8.3 boards and 2.0 steals.

He has averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game in seven NBA seasons.

The Hawks are likely to retain Young and build around him and No. 1 overall draft pick Zaccharie Risacher.

Nance, 31, has averaged 7.7 points and 6.2 rebounds over 522 games with four teams in his career. He had 5.7 points and 5.0 boards per game last year in 61 games off the bench for the Pelicans.

Daniels, 21, was the eighth overall pick of the 2022 NBA Draft and played 120 games (starting 27) in his two years in New Orleans. He has career averages of 4.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

–Field Level Media

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