Trae Young frustrated 'private conversations get out to the public' about missed game




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Rumors and chatter of tension in Atlanta - about how Trae Young was adapting to playing with Dejonte Murray, and his pushback on coach Nate McMillan and his efforts to get the ball moving more - have been all over the league since the start of the season. Over the weekend, a little of that leaked out, with reports Young chose not to come to the arena Friday after McMillan gave him a choice of participating in shootaround or missing the game.

Young addressed the report and seemed more concerned that it got out than the report's content.

"I mean, it was just a situation. I mean, we're all grown men here and there's sometimes we don't always agree. And it's unfortunate that private situations and private conversations get out to the public, but I guess that's the world we live in now. Yeah, I'm just gonna just focus on basketball and focus on helping my team win. And that's what I got to be focusing on…

"Like I said, it's a private matter, again, made public, which is unfortunate. And if it was to stay private, it probably wouldn't have been as big of a deal. But like I said, it's unfortunate in my job, and my goal is to win championships. And that's what I focus on."

Young went through shootaround  Monday and is set to play against the Thunder.

Murray has been professional throughout this situation, saying he didn't see anything at the shootaround Friday and backing Young and McMillan when asked.

Bringing in Murray was supposed to take some pressure off Young and spread the wealth more on offense, ideally allowing Young to be more efficient. Instead, Young's usage rate is nearly identical to last season, he is shooting just 30.3% from 3 and his true shooting percentage has fallen below league average. The Hawks as a team make the fewest passes per game of any team in the league (stat via NBA.com). The Hawks' offense is still a lot of Young, but it's not as efficient as it has been in years past.

Atlanta is still 13-10 on the season, has a top-10 defense and sits fourth in the East - they are not struggling. But neither have they made the leap to become a team that could threaten Boston or Milwaukee atop the conference, and that's what the Hawks expected.

There could be personnel moves coming in Atlanta - John Collins is available via trade, again - but if the Hawks can't smooth out their internal, existing concerns (and get Collins and DeAndre Hunter healthy) other roster moves will be just cosmetic.

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