How important is it for Knicks to keep Toure Murry?

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

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.




94 comments
Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

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

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.

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.

rgm891
rgm891

Reggie jackson would be a great addition.

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

rgm891
rgm891

Smart man. Just sell bargs for a plate of pasta and Felton for a kids meal at mcdonalds. You would be lucky to get that for those two.

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

Something I Have been saying for a while..unfortunately hes played too good and will be out of their market

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."

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 ?

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

yes..exactly a guy that scoreds 14 ppg ... rebounds, assits and plays sick defense while shooting 49% ..

I agree hes a nutcase but in the right environment hes a very good piece

Like I always sance, Lance is the player SHump whishes he could be

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

rgm891
rgm891

That would be a dream come true.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Akamarb Tkb We have enough crazy on the team right now. Stephenson will be looking for a big payday anyway, so that's that.

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

I agree with u there that the Knicks arent the right environment for him...but I hope u agree that hes a very solig player...does everything welll and plays d...on the right team he could be the x factor

Akamarb Tkb
Akamarb Tkb

his play this year completely takes him out of the market for us...but I wanted him since I saw waht he did against us last year..he killed us

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

if u were a team with cap and some veterans to keep him in check...would u give him 3 yrs  25 mm?

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

good point...he would be sick for the clips...probably elevate them to true championship contender status..

however still not sure abotu Blake...he seems to me to be the Melo of Power Forwards

Great Offense, but no d and rebounding....will get you enough to make playoffs...but not on a greatness level

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