While the Atlanta Hawks were dealt a first-round exit by the Miami Heat in the NBA playoffs, their front office responded on Wednesday afternoon, acquiring All-Star guard Dejounte Murray from the San Antonio Spurs. More information about the trade is below, including the impact on the Hawks NBA title odds.
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Hawks NBA Title Odds: Shortened Post-Murray Trade
After pairing Murray with superstar Trae Young, Atlanta is +4000 at BetMGM Sportsbook to win the NBA championship while its Eastern Conference title odds are +2000. The Hawks boast the sixth-shortest odds to win the East — behind only the Celtics, Bucks, Nets, Heat and 76ers.
Keep in mind, the Hawks NBA title odds opened at +8000 when the betting market was initially released. It dipped to +6600 on Tuesday before their franchise-altering deal.
Here are the Hawks NBA title odds across a variety of online shops. Caesars Sportsbook is currently offering the best price in the market.
Dejounte Murray Trade Details
Adding the 25-year-old playmaker, who will shift from his point guard duties to more of an off-ball role, came at a steep price. Beyond unloading forward Danilo Gallinari, Atlanta will ship over its 2023 first-round pick (originally belonging to the Hornets), a pair of unprotected first-round picks in 2025 and 2027 and a pick swap in the 2026 NBA Draft.
As ESPN’s Zach Lowe pointed out, teams are rarely willing to hand out an unprotected pick — let alone two of them. But Murray certainly fills the Hawks’ glaring need for an elite perimeter defender.
Stay tuned for more dominos to fall once NBA free agency is officially underway on Thursday at 6 p.m. EST. For starters, the league-wide expectation is the Knicks will dish out a max contract to restricted free agent Jalen Brunson.