Feb 11, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) reacts against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks are trading Danilo Gallinari and multiple first-round picks to the San Antonio Spurs for All-Star guard Dejounte Murray, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Woj would clarify that the Hawks are sending a 2023 first-rounder via Charlotte plus their own 2025 and 2027 first-round picks to San Antonio as part of the deal. The Spurs will also get a pick swap in 2026 as part of the package.

Zach Lowe added that the 2025 and 2027 picks are unprotected, which means the Spurs get them no matter what happens from here on out.

The trade will give the Hawks one of the most intimidating backcourts in the Eastern Conference as Murray joins All-NBA guard Trae Young. And it certainly feels like this trade was about Atlanta going all-in to compete right now.

Initial reports surrounding the trade included John Collins heading to San Antonio, but it appears that Atlanta was able to swing the deal with Gallinari instead.

Murray averaged 21.3 points and 9.3 assists last season and was one of the lone bright spots on a bad San Antonio team. Meanwhile, Gallinari averaged 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds for Atlanta last year.

Naturally, the news of this big trade and what it means for the immediate future for both NBA teams was a big topic on social media afterward.

There were also a lot of strong reactions from Knicks fans as they were hoping their moribund franchise could trade for Murray. Alas…


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