Trading for Dejounte Murray put the Hawks at risk of crossing the luxury-tax line.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Atlanta is trading Kevin Huerter to Sacramento for Justin Holiday, Mo Harkless and a future first round pick, sources tell EPSN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2022
Chris Kirschner of The Athletic:
The first-round pick the Hawks received is lottery-protected in 2024, top-12 in 2025, top-10 in 2026 and then turns into two seconds if it hasn’t conveyed yet.
— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) July 1, 2022
The pathetic, too-likely outcome is the Kings keeps this protected first-round pick while continuing to miss the postseason year after year. (Same as the “first-rounder” Sacramento once dealt to the Bulls.) Worst case scenario for the Kings: They still miss the playoffs and convey a pick in the 13-14 range in 2025 or 11-14 range in 2026.
Sacramento keeps seeking quick fixes that don’t work then, as a result, plays from behind down the road. It’s a vicious cycle of impatience that is unsurprisingly continuing.
But like some of the Kings’ prior plans, this one might work.
Huerter is a good player and just 23. Locked in long-term, he could fit between De'Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis for years to come. Huerter’s best skill, outside shooting, will be especially helpful around those two.
Neither Holiday nor Harkless, both of whom are on expiring contracts, are as good as Huerter. This also explains Sacramento didn’t extend a qualifying offer to Donte DiVincenzo, another lesser wing. The Kings upgraded because they sent a first-round pick and because the Hawks prioritized trimming payroll.
The Hawks also reunite Justin Holiday with his brother, Aaron Holiday.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2022
Trae Young and Murray will likely take all Atlanta’s meaningful minutes at point guard. Holiday is a reasonable third point guard