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Revisiting the NBA Summer Trades: Should Atlanta Have Pursued Rudy Gobert Instead of Dejounte Murray?

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Two years ago, the Atlanta Hawks sought to shake up their roster in the NBA offseason following a disappointing year. The team eyed potential trades involving Dejounte Murray from the San Antonio Spurs and Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz, who were amidst a coaching change.

Atlanta made a significant move by acquiring Dejounte Murray in exchange for draft picks, while the Minnesota Timberwolves orchestrated a blockbuster trade for Rudy Gobert, sending back a sizable package.

Both teams took ambitious leaps with these acquisitions, but the outcomes of the following season painted a different picture.

After experiencing playoff setbacks, the Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves faced uncertainties in their future trajectories.

This season, however, the Timberwolves emerged as a dominant force in the NBA, showcasing exemplary defense and sweeping the Phoenix Suns in the playoffs.

On the other hand, the Hawks witnessed a disappointing season, fueling discussions on potential changes to their roster, particularly concerning the backcourt partnership of Trae Young and Dejounte Murray.

The contrasting results prompt a reevaluation of the pivotal summer trades made by both teams.

While the Timberwolves’ acquisition of Rudy Gobert paid off with a successful season and playoff advancement, the Hawks faced challenges with Dejounte Murray and Trae Young at the helm.

Questions arise about whether Atlanta should have pursued a trade for Rudy Gobert instead of Dejounte Murray, given the diverging paths the two teams took post-trade.

The debate surrounding the trade decisions centers on the impact these star players could have had on the teams’ performances, especially in crucial playoff moments.

As the Hawks navigate an offseason filled with uncertainties, including potential roster changes, the significance of past trade decisions looms large over the team’s future.

Rachel Adams

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