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Report: Bulls, Nets, Warriors interested in Knicks’ Toure’ Murry

May 28, 2014, 5:28 PM EDT

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A backup point guard at an affordable price is a valuable commodity in the NBA.

Which is why the Knicks are not likely to let Toure’ Murry walk, at least not cheaply. It’s also why teams like Chicago, Golden State and Brooklyn would love to steal him away.

All this according to Ian Begley of

Combo guard Toure’ Murry, coming off his rookie season, is said to be on the radar of a handful of teams — Chicago and Golden State among them — that are hoping the shift in power in New York from the Knicks’ previous administration to Phil Jackson leads to Murry becoming an unrestricted free agent…

The Knicks can make Murry a restricted free agent and obviously increase their chances of keeping him by extending the Wichita State product a qualifying offer before June 29. In that scenario, New York could match any offer Murry received in free agency.

If I were Murry’s agent and wanted to leak something that might help him get a bigger payday next season… just thinking out loud (so to speak).

It’s hard to imagine Phil Jackson not extending a qualifying offer to Murry, both considering he should be affordable and Jackson has an affinity for tall guards (Murry is 6’5”). Murry played in 51 games for the Knicks and averaged 2.7 points a game with a PER of 11.1 — he’s a project still but one with the promise of a potential rotation player.

Murry made the minimum of $490,180 last season as a rookie and showed flashes of promise. Enough to intrigue other teams, but likely not at a price that would make Jackson and the Knicks balk at matching (a few million a year). He’s still a project and his attraction is the price.

Still, it’s something to watch as we move into free agency.

  1. doncorleone17 - May 28, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Keep him !!! This dude can ball idk why he ain’t get more playing time.. He’s big, a great passer, and can DEFEND! Knicks would be dumb to let him walk

  2. jolink653 - May 28, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    It was really frustrating to see Woodson bury this kid on the bench. Yeah, he was bound to make some mistakes as a rookie, but you have to let him play through it and develop and Woodson simply chose to not play him at all. Hopefully Phil and the next coach give him more minutes next season and find out more about him

    • eugenesaxe1 - May 28, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      Woodson was afraid the kid might make the team win a game or two.

  3. enigma2742 - May 28, 2014 at 8:08 PM


  4. sportsfan18 - May 28, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Well, if this kid is so DESIRABLE to other teams… then why is Phil not keeping him?

    The Knicks, like other teams require a backup point guard and one preferably who is affordable…

  5. powerpop1 - May 29, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    I thought he sucked.

  6. marcusfitzhugh - May 29, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    I’m sure the Bulls, Nets, and Warriors are interested in LBJ too, but they’re not getting him either.

    The way this article is written gives the impression the rook can walk. He can’t. In the current CBA, rookies are signed for two years with a TEAM OPTION for the third and fourth year. The rook can get a raise, but the Knicks own his rights and can hold them for another three years. If rookies could walk in their second year, no one would care about the #1 draft pick. Teams would simply wait until after their rookie year and offer a kings ransom. If the the Bulls, Nets, and Warriors are waiting for Murry to become an unrestricted FA, they’d better get some comfortable chairs, it’s going to be a while.

    Lastly, Murry was buried on the bench because Tim Hardaway put him there. No way does Murry see action before Hardaway.

    • bkbell3 - May 29, 2014 at 7:08 AM

      Marcus, Toure was signed to a one year NON-GUARANTEED CONTRACT for just over 400,000. If they don’t offer him a qualifying contract of i think just over 1mil. then he is a free agent. I believe if they do then he is a restricted free agent. i don’t believe he was ever drafted or if he was it was in the second round.

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