Execs Mad at Gobert, Murray Deals

By: The Trend Wire

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According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, many NBA executives referred to the most recent deals of Rudy Gobert and Dejounte Murray as "reckless."

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But no matter how talented the players are, there is always a risk, according to Lowe. 

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The recent agreements between Atlanta and Minnesota were characterised by a number of front-office officials across the league with a term other than 'risk': irresponsible.

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Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Leandro Bolmaro, Walker Kessler, and Jarred Vanderbilt were among the five players

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four first-round picks (2023, 2025, 2027, and 2029), and one first-round pick (2026) that the Jazz acquired in exchange for Gobert.

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In exchange for Murray and Jock Landale, the Spurs received three first-round picks (2023, 2025, and 2027), a 2026 selection swap, and Danilo Gallinari.

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Both teams are taking big chances by giving up multiple first-round picks in the hopes that their new veterans would be the last pieces needed to open a championship window. 

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Given that Kessler was selected 22nd overall in this year's draught, the Timberwolves effectively traded five first-round picks to the Jazz.

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Apparently, future planning is dated, a front-office executive informed Lowe.

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Even though the Wolves and Hawks were only marginal playoff teams the previous season, they both have good foundations to build upon.

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Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards, and D'Angelo Russell are a strong youthful trio for Minnesota, who forced the second-seeded Memphis Grizzlies to play six first-round games.

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Trae Young, who helped the Hawks reach the Eastern Conference Finals two years ago, is one of the greatest young scorers in the league for Atlanta

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Along with individuals with talent like Clint Capela, De'Andre Hunter, and John Collins

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The 2022–23 profiles of each team are immediately improved by the addition of Gobert and Murray

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but it is obvious that both teams have moved their chips to the middle of the table with these actions.

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Gobert, who averaged 15.6 points, 14.7 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game last season, is still a three-time All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year.

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Given that Towns, Edwards, and Russell are all capable of scoring 20 points or more a game, the weight is off him to produce much on the offensive end. 

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Instead, he can concentrate on being the dominant defensive and rebounding force that has helped him forge a successful NBA career.

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Murray, who consistently has a chance to record a triple-double, should relieve Young of a lot of the scoring and ball-handling responsibility. 

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He should be a reliable second or third scorer for the Hawks as he and Young attempt to establish one of the best backcourts in the league. He averaged 21.1 points, 9.2 assists, and 8.3 rebounds per game last season.

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The Hawks and Timberwolves will be two of the most intriguing teams to watch when the season begins on October 19. Regardless of how these experiments pan out,