How important is it for Knicks to keep Toure Murry?

Keith Schlosser

As 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.




108 comments
Buck50
Buck50

Remember when Miami laughed at us, after they beat us in the Playoffs? And those fools from inside the NBA were going egging them on? Damn, I hate Miami! Let us never forget...

Buck50
Buck50

What happen to Chris Copeland this year? He cant be happy! He was loved here, i called him mini melo, just from seeing his European highlights and I thought it translated well in the NBA too

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

IF it is spurs vs heat...who do u all like and in how many games

Buck50
Buck50

Who was the starting pg for the lakers this year?

rgm891
rgm891

How much you guys believe lowry will make? 10 million a year also?

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

I have to say that I have been an avid fan of sports since very early 1990's...first good memory pistons/buulls...I have liked all sports especially my knicks

In all those years , be it, NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL...I have never seen a more fluid , consisten and a better ran organization then the SPurs..they are truly amazing

Playoffs every year, 4 rings ( would be 5 if Leonard hit a FT )...conference finals as well...they havent had one bad streacth during those year ( for rebuilding or anything )...and they win all these games without having the best talent...and none of their players EVER get in trouble outside the arena

Point being....SPurs are the best run organization in all of sports in the last 30 years ( even more then Patriots and Yankees ) ... and Popavich is the best coach of all time ( even better then Jackson...bcause jackson ALWAYS had the best player in the sport every time )

do you all agree or am i going too far

rgm891
rgm891

Paying lance 10 million a year would be beyond dumb.

Buck50
Buck50

Lets just ask Indiana to swap Shumpert for Stevenson, no picks or anything, lets see what they say lol

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

i heard some experts on radio that the market for lance might be 10 mil per year..I think thats way off..

I think he will get 3 years around 25 mil...what do u guys think hes worth on open market

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

I like Murry. Dude has a strong attitude and plays hard.

Yet, he's tremendously flawed. He's a combo guard that can't run an offense and has a tremendously inconsistent jumpshot. Attacking the basket is where he made the difference this past season offensively.

His man to man D is very solid, but his overall D has been greatly overrated, mostly because our perimeter D was atrocious throughout the season.

Just like with Tyler, the Knicks have the option to help two players with high ceiling develop into more than solid role players.

At this point, they're not ready imo, but give them their due minutes in the DL and I'm sure they'll step up when it matters.

Inconsistent minutes is the last thing to players that need development need.

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

isnt that what Dwight Howard did...I dont feel like reading qwhole article...could someone explain the benefits of Melo Opting in for us and him ??? just a quick thumbnail...

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

lowry is worth 4 years 42-45  million IMO

rgm891
rgm891

How one free throw changed everything. Leonard is something else.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Akamarb Tkb  Duncan was arguably the best player in the sport for all those times they won a chip....except his rookie season...but other than that for the most part I agree.

Buck50
Buck50

When i saw reggie play last year, i thought to myself man this guy can ball

rgm891
rgm891

Reggie jackson would be a great addition.

Buck50
Buck50

Nutcase? Ppl are acting like he's Charlie Sheen or something

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

whether to resigng murry or not should be like the 30th thing the knicks should worry about in offseason...we have way bigger fish to fry...then medium fish....then small fish..then murray...hes a piker... a bottomfeeder

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

my fault ! wasnt trying to steal your thunder...gonna get rid of it

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

lol hes a clown anyways...IMO he will be the next vick....great legs....good IQ but the NFL is and always will be a throwing league .... I dont think hes good ebough ever to take them to SB...and these running qbs go down quickly because they get hit so many times

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Sandro Guedes @OLDKNICK  Its a possibility, but I don't think any team takes  a mid-season "rental" on Melo.  Phil most likely wants him to opt in, and work his contract with other fa's to take less in 2015.


Frank Isola @FisolaNYDN Follow

Phil says he advised Carmelo not to opt out until July 2015 because the club can be in the hunt for two "headline players."

Buck50
Buck50

We should pick him up, he was pretty good

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

he should def get more then Lance


If lance gets 7 or 8...Lowry would be foolish to accept under ten imo

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

im assuming all those montana years....I have a vague recollection of that...but not great, so I wont speak on it...I will take your word for it..

didnt the islanders also win like 4 cups in a row in the 80s ?

Buck50
Buck50

Really!? I was just joking around lol

rgm891
rgm891

Absolutely agree with you guys. The lakers make a run at him. 42 millions sounds about right.

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

No they didn't.  Yes, the montana years.


And through all the wonder years of the spurs they never had a dynasty.

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

of course...but was he ever as dominant as Jordan was for Phil in 1990's ? or SHaq in early 2000's..

only point I was making that even, with lesser talent then what Phil had all those year...Pop achieved more imo

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

i have flashbacks of Avery making that corner jumper in game 5...to seal the deal for them ... who knew that would be the beginning of their dynasty

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

you are that high on him....interesting

rgm891
rgm891

Yeah the salad on top of the pizza Ak means.

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

they didnt have a dynasty per say...but you cannot take anything away from them...they have been great

do i sense a lil ant spurs attitude eh ?

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

lol thats funny..how many cheat days do u give yourself per week....6 ?

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

lol now it makes sense....what made u come out to ny all the way from there...or were u born here

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

nice, since you already gonna use the cheat day....do it dirty ... like my friend says ( if you are gonna be a bear, then be a grizzly )

so get a chicken parm slice, extra cheese, garlic knots , peperonni pinwheel with a coke !

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

good $hit....u back here or u staying out there

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

so you are a fella that works out and is in good shape , im guessing by ur comments ?

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

lol aite nice....I got to know a lot about you today..you proba have a hot sister..where u went to school...how much you weigh and what u like to eat ... haha

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

interesting ... im only 160....also 510'511...my ideal goal is to be at 170-175...but it has always been hard for me to gain weight...and I eat very very healthy, ..

any tips how I could gain weight eating healthy food ( and I dont wanna drink 3 protein shakes a day )...let me know, any help is much appreciated

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

hee hee I was just playing around...plus I know ur 15 lbs heaver so I probably wouldnt mess with u

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

thx for all those tips some good stuff


I dont really lift weights a lot...However I do a lot up push ups, puuls ups all calastetics stuff..I run rarely but I playe basketball twice a week - which Ill never stop...so hopefully thtas not taking too many pounds away from me...also last q

I know bread, especially white bread is not the healthiest..but as far as gaining weight...would you recommend it

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

so tough consistently lifing weight 3/4 times a week !

all jokes aside thx for all the tips...much appreciated