Many New York Knicks fans liked what Toure Murry brought to the court. While he's still learning the point guard position he showed some nice court vision, passing ability and defensive ability. Despite the Knicks having interest in bringing Murry back, it looks like he'll soon join the Utah Jazz.
Many were hoping that Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks would bring Toure Murry back for another season. However, with the glut of guards on the Knicks roster it was difficult to find a way to bring Murry back.
Jackson was hoping to trade a guard or two and make room for Murry's return. However, he hasn't been able to find a taker for J.R. Smith or Iman Shumpert.
With the Knicks having three point guards on the roster — Jose Calderon, Pablo Prigioni and Shane Larkin — there simply isn't room for Murry. As a result, Murry's had no choice but to look for a job elsewhere.
Hearing Utah Jazz closing in on two-year, million deal free-agent guard Toure Murry, who had also been chased by Heat & incumbent Knicks— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 12, 2014
Watching Murry sign elsewhere is regrettable. He may remain a shooting-guard-turned-point-guard instead of making the full transition but he may also become a solid point guard at the NBA level. Unfortunately, he lost out to a numbers game in New York.
He was only given limited playing time last season with the Knicks. However, he was able to show some real potential in the time he did receive. In particular, he played well with Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jeremy Tyler.
Murry has the potential to be a rotation player in the NBA. He just needs the time to develop his game and see some real playing time. Hopefully he'll get that in Utah.
For the Jazz, signing Murry is a good investment. They are getting him cheaply and they thrive developing young talent. Murry will join a group including Gordon Hayward, Dante Exum, Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Rodney Hood, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. That's quite a talented young core of players.
Lets just hope that Quin Snyder treats Murry better than Mike Woodson did. He needs playing time in order to develop. Without it, he'd be better off heading overseas or to the D-League.
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