Toure Murry was the New York Knicks find. They found him, cultivated him, gave him his shot and now they wanted him back to watch him grow on the NBA level. Unfortunately, they have too many guards as it is. As a result, the Knicks has to watch Murry sign with the Utah Jazz and they aren't happy about it.
Make no mistake about it, the New York Knicks wanted Toure Murry back. They were hoping they could keep the young defensive-minded guard and develop his skills in the triangle offense. However, it wasn't meant to be as Murry signed a two-year deal with the Utah Jazz.
For the Knicks, it was a numbers game. Not only do the Knicks have too many guards, they simply didn't have much money to spend this off-season. That's why the Knicks allowed Murry to become an unrestricted free agent. Phil Jackson simply didn't have much cap space wiggle room to work with.
Instead, the Knicks were hoping they could make a roster move before Murry signed elsewhere. They even asked him not to sign with anyone so they could find room for him. However, he decided he could no longer wait and signed with Utah.
Marc Stein of ESPN reports the Knicks are disappointed they weren't able to re-sign the young guard.
The Knicks, sources say, have been trying this month to convince Murry to hold off on signing elsewhere as they try continue to sort out their roster, with New York hopeful of bringing back the athletic combo guard after allowing Murry to become an unrestricted free agent at end the June.
Murry is a player trying to transition to a point guard on the NBA level after playing mostly shooting guard in college. However, he's shown some nice court vision and passing abilities. However, his biggest strength is playing defense.
Bigger guards who can play defense are something Jackson loves for his system. It makes sense he'd want Murry back. Unfortunately, between the roster and the cap situation that wasn't able to happen.
Some fans wont see Murry as much of a loss. However, developing young talent is something the Knicks haven't done in a long time and it was easy to see that Murry meshed well with Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. on the court. Even if Murry only ever became a rotation player as a reserve point guard he would have been worth keeping.
Instead, the Knicks will watch the skills they saw in Murry as a member of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League, the Erie BayHawks of the D-League, the Knicks summer league team and last season with the Knicks themselves develop in Utah.
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