Keith Schlosser, Lead WriterAs recently discussed, ESPN New York reports that teams like the Bulls, Nets, and Warriors will all be interested in the Knicks’ Toure Murry this summer.
First things first, it’s up to New York to extend a qualifying offer to the young gun. From there on out, the team would have an opportunity to match any contract he is offered during free agency.
Keeping Murry in the fold should be a priority for Phil Jackson and the Knicks. After showing potential in NBA Summer League last year, the Wichita State alum went on to make the team’s opening night roster and appear in 51 contests. That said, his playing time was sporadic, and as a result, Murry only averaged 2.7 points and 1.0 assists. Still, he shot well (43 percent from the field and 42 percent from deep) and proved to produce when the minutes were thrown his way.
There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Murry. In addition to being just 24, he’s a scrappy guard who can run the floor and chase opposing guards up and down the court. He’s a pesky and pestering defender. On offense, Murry is a high-energy guy with an eye for finding his teammates in transition.
Murry may not be the most talented player out there. His name certainly doesn’t jump off the page. Nevertheless, there are many reasons he’s exactly the type of player the Knicks will be looking for this summer.
With a reasonable qualifying offer, New York may be able to retain Murry for a relatively cheaper price. What’s more, his skill set and on-the-court attributes are similar to those Phil Jackson favors in floor generals to participate in the triangle offense.
Murry is young, talented, and can potentially be retained for cheap. Though the Knicks will have more flexibility to improve their roster in the summer of 2015, Carmelo Anthony will need to be re-signed in the coming months instead. While next season may prove to be a transitional year for New York, compiling a handful of promising gems to surround the superstar with may go a long way towards proving they’re on the right track.