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The San Antonio Spurs reportedly traded All-Star guard Dejounte Murray to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, which raised eyebrows all thru the league.
Nonetheless, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that the Spurs determined to allotment strategies with Murray because it became inevitable that they’d lose the 25-year-worn.
“He and his agent, Rich Paul, made it identified that he became no longer going to enhance his contract with the Spurs this summer season,” Windhorst acknowledged on The Hoop Collective podcast.
Murray signed a four-year, $64 million contract with the Spurs in 2019. He has two years final on the deal and is determined to manufacture a incorrect wage of $16.6 million next season, per Spotrac.
Windhorst acknowledged Murray became no longer discontent nonetheless knew he’d be worth more than what San Antonio might give you the money for.
“And that wasn’t truly basically about the Spurs,” Windhorst acknowledged. “His contract is about $16 million on sensible. Whenever you happen to enhance your contract, you are runt into how noteworthy of a lift you would possibly maybe presumably win. And it would’ve been doubtlessly below his market tag as a 25-year-worn All-Star. Nonetheless he quite noteworthy suggested them—he’s worship, ‘I’m doubtlessly no longer going to enhance next summer season both.'”
The Spurs reportedly obtained three first-spherical picks and a future take hold of swap alongside with feeble forward Danilo Gallinari from the Hawks. Whereas losing Murray is a predominant blow for San Antonio’s possibilities to compete for a playoff establish next season, the franchise is determined up for the lengthy bolt with 9 first-spherical picks over the next 5 years.