The New York Knicks wanted to try and keep young point guard Toure’ Murry this season after he made the team last year and did some good things in the brief look he got.
It just wasn’t in the cards.
The Utah Jazz are finalizing a deal with Murry, writes ESPN’s Marc Stein, who adds that the Lakers were also interested in the guard’s services.
The deal is a reported two year one that will pay the 24-year old $2 million.
Murry will be able to provide depth at both guard positions for the Jazz, and will compete for playing time off the bench. Utah will most likely begin the season with Trey Burke as the starting point guard, and Alec Burks at the two guard position. No. 5 overall pick, Dante Exum, will begin his career at shooting guard.
The Wichita State product made the Knicks team last year after a strong showing in the Vegas Summer League earned him an invite to training camp. In his brief look he immediately became the Knicks best defensive point guard, but that wasn’t enough to earn him more minutes under former head coach Mike Woodson.
The Knicks did show interest in bringing him back this season, but with a full roster already and a ton of guards on that roster, they would have needed to make some moves in order for that to happen.
Murry appeared in 51 games for the Knicks, and averaged 2.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, and 1.0 APG, while logging 7.3 minutes a night.