Ranking 5 Dejounte Murray trades packages from worst to best

Here is how the Spurs could bring Dejounte Murray back to San Antonio.

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3. Hawks go full tank as Spurs land Dejounte

Atlanta is seven games under .500 and currently 12th in the Eastern Conference. They are just one game behind the Nets for tenth and the final Play-In Tournament berth, but the Hawks cannot consider themselves contenders. Does Atlanta tank and try to land a high lottery pick to pair with Trae Young and Jalen Johnson moving forward?

If the Hawks go this route, they will be searching for unprotected or lightly protected first-round picks. They may jump at the chance to land a top-six protected selection from the Raptors in 2024, get their own unprotected pick back in 2025, and a third unprotected Spurs choice. It would likely be all they get other than salary-matching.

Hawks tank as Spurs get Murray

The Hawks would be able to quickly remake their roster. They could pull off more trades or just add the prospects to their core. Trae Young is 25, and Atlanta could be ready to compete again in three years. They would need Onyeka Okongwu, Jalen Johnson, and their future picks to blossom, which is possible.

The San Antonio Spurs do not want to give up more than this, but the Hawks will demand it. Could Gregg Popovich and company convince Atlanta to give them another key rotation piece in the deal?