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Hawks Notes: Young, Agent, Murray, Saleh, More

After previously reporting – several times – that Atlanta will try to move Trae Young or Dejounte Murray this offseason, Marc Stein is hearing that the “league-wide expectation” of that scenario has only grown since his initial story in February (Substack link).

There is also “a growing belief in many corners of the league” that the Hawks prefers to trade Young rather than Murray, Stein reports.

Still, Young may not have as much trade value as Atlanta hopes, Stein notes, because he’s on a salary cap extension and isn’t exactly known for his defense.

League sources tell Stein that while Young still has Klutch Sports as his agency, his father, Rayford Young, recently became a certified NBA agent. Murray is also represented by Klutch, Stein noted.

Here’s more about the Hawks:

  • Lauren L. Williams of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution relays some highlights from Friday’s season-ending press conference. The Hawks were eliminated from postseason contention after losing to the Bulls in the play-in tournament. “The teams are different every year,” said Young. “I mean, obviously I want to be here. I want to be here, but I also want to win. I’ve been saying that since I got here. I want to be here. I want to win championships here and do that. But I want to win. So that’s pretty much it for me. That’s my motto, and I’ve been that way from the beginning.”
  • Young also said he felt comfortable taking on a smaller role if it benefits the team, as Williams relates. “People might think I should feel like I’m the best player on the team, or 1A or first option,” said Young. “I mean, that’s not who I am. I’ve never been like this before. So I’m just a guy trying to get everyone involved and win the game, and I know if we win, everyone eats..”
  • The Hawks plan to hire Ansi Saleh away from the Warriors to become their new assistant general manager, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). Saleh was Golden State’s vice president of basketball strategy and team advisor, Woj added. According to Stein, Saleh was a “highly regarded salary cap specialist” with the Warriors. The hire does not impact the job status of the current Assistant GM Kyle Korverper Williams of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.