There’s darn good chance that the San Antonio Spurs will look to move point guard Dejounte Murray this offseason. It’s an interesting dynamic to look at with San Antonio stuck between bottom-end playoff contention and complete irrelevance out west.
What we do know is that the 24-year-old Murray will draw some trade interest this summer. He improved leaps and bounds this past season, putting up career-high totals in points, rebounds and assists. Below, we look at four ideal trade scenarios surrounding the still-young point guard.
Dejounte Murray traded to the Boston Celtics
Spurs get: Marcus Smart, Robert Williams, second-round pick
Celtics get: Dejounte Murray
Following the trade of Kemba Walker early this offseason, Boston is now going to be in the market for a point guard. It has been linked to Kyle Lowry in sign-and-trade scenarios and is kicking the tires on a potential Damian Lillard blockbuster. Both seem to be unlikely given the Celtics’ cap situation under new president Brad Stevens. Instead, Boston moves off two rotational pieces for the 24-year-old Murray. He’d be a major upgrade over what Stevens and Co. have on their roster right now. He also worked with new Celtics head coach Ime Udoka in San Antonio.
Speaking of the Spurs, it seems to be clear that they are not looking at a full-scale rebuild under the aging Gregg Popovich. Rather than going that route, an attempt to stay relevant in the Western Conference could be in the cards. It’s in this that acquiring a defensive-minded Marcus Smart to team up with Keldon Johnson and hopefully DeMar DeRozan out on the perimeter could make sense. As for Williams, he’s still only 23 years old and has flashed some upside at center in Boston.
Dejounte Murray trade to the Los Angeles Lakers
Spurs get: Kyle Kuzma, Talen Horton-Tucker
Lakers get: Dejounte Murray
This would also pretty much be a no-brainer for the Los Angeles Lakers. Murray is still only 24 years old and had a career-best performance in 2020-21 — averaging 15.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists on 45% shooting from the field. Being able to acquire Murray without utilizing what could be a valuable Dennis Schroder sign-and-trade adds another element to this for Los Angeles.