Looking to fill the final roster spot, the Los Angeles Clippers have shown interest in free agent point guard Toure’ Murry per ESPN.
The Knicks also may still re-sign Toure’ Murry. The free agent guard has drawn interest from the Heat, Jazz and Clippers, according to a league source.
In late June, the New York Knicks denied the option to make Murry a restricted free agent, pushing him to an open market in unrestricted free agency.
Despite a push from an aggressive fan base, Murry was seldom used during his rookie season, playing behind Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni. But when given minutes, Murry showed why fans were so hellbent on seeing him receive playing time.
In limited minutes, Murry showed quickly what his niche was: working within the pick-and-roll. He’s not the fastest point guard out there a la Darren Collison, but he’s brilliant in showing patience in the p’n’r, waiting for others to get open for an easy bucket, freezing the defense with his eyes and body movements, etc.. For any point guard–or players–this is a skill NBA coaches long for.
Murray’s decision will likely come down to who he thinks provides him the best opportunity going forth. With the Clippers, a reserve spot could open up following this season if Jordan Farmar decided to opt out of his current contract to pursue a bigger deal, allowing Murry to step into his place if Rivers sees him fit for the position. Based on what he’s shown in a relatively short NBA career, it’s not farfetched seeing this scenario come into place.
For a glimpse of what Murry could provide to the Clippers as an emergency point guard, here is a reel of the point guards highlights from the 2013-14 season.