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Toure Murry signs with Jazz

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Toure Murry has officially signed a 2-year deal with the Utah Jazz, according to reports. Murry did some positive things on the court in limited minutes for the Knicks last season, but New York’s backcourt is crowded, and it appears there was no room for Toure. As of now, the guards on the Knick roster are Jose Calderon, JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Junior, Shane Larkin, and Pablo Prigioni.

 

The roster is starting to shape up, with the season drawing closer and closer. Click here for great deals on Knicks tickets!

-Tommy Rothman

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Toure Murry to become Unrestricted Free Agent after Knicks withhold Qualifying Offer

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The Knicks have opted not to give a $1 million qualifying offer to Toure Murry, which will make him an unrestricted free agent at midnight. Murry is a point guard with good size who impressed on defense and with his athleticism. Toure is not very good on offense, at least not yet, and this might be the reason for the Knicks’ decision.

Murray might return to New York, but other teams will probably get in the picture and the Knicks no longer have the right to match any offer for his services.

-Tommy Rothman

BREAKING: Knicks keep Toure Murry, Chris Smith, Cole Aldrich

The Knicks announced that they have elected to keep PG Toure Murry, PG Chris Smith, and C Cole Aldrich on the 15-man roster, while releasing Jeremy Tyler, Ike Diogu, CJ Leslie, Josh Powell,  and Chris Douglas-Roberts.

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It’s a bit surprising that Tyler was waived. Tyler showed great potential during summer league, and Coach Woodson indicated that he would likely make the team despite missing the preseason with a foot injury. The Knicks are now left with 5 big men: Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin, Andrea Bargnani, and Aldrich. Given that all 5 of these guys have battled injury recently, it makes one wonder why the team chose to keep 2 guards and only 1 big man. 

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Speaking of the guards, what is Chris Smith doing on this team? He played a team-low 20 minutes this preseason and shot a dreadful 1-7. J.R Smith said yesterday that he hoped his little brother would make the team on his own talent, but this is clearly not the case. Based on what we have seen from Chris during the games, it seems that he is not a quality player by any means. Mike Woodson admitted that Chris’ status as J.R’s brother would be considered when making the final roster cuts, and it appears that having the last name “Smith” will, in fact, keep Chris with the team. 

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I have no problem with Murry making the roster. Toure showed great promise during the Summer League and continued to play very well during the preseason. He definitely earned a spot on the team.

 

If I’m Ike Diogu right now, I’m feeling pissed off. Diogu showed up to camp, played hard, played well, showed a decent post game and a nice mid-range jumper…. and got released, because the Knicks wanted to keep J.R Smith’s brother. Again, Chris showed nothing during the preseason, so it seems as if, no matter what happened, Chris was guaranteed a roster spot. If that was the case, why not tell Diogu that from the start, so that he could showcase his talent with another team?

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I am a bit concerned over the lack of healthy, reliable big men on the team. Of course, I am nitpicking here. If a need for another big man arises, the Knicks can always release Chris Smith or any other player on the team and sign Tyler, Diogu, or any big man who is a free agent. Murry, Smith, and Aldrich will not be playing major minutes as things stand right now, and neither would Diogu, Tyler, Powell, Leslie, or Douglas-Roberts if they had made the team. Would I like to see Tyler and/or Diogu on the opening day roster? Yes. Will the 13th, 14th, and 15th men on the team make-or-break our season? Probably not… 

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… unless ToureSanity is waiting in the wings…

-Tommy Rothman

 

Knicks Will Have Toure Murry In Training Camp After PG Turns Down Miami’s Offer

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The Miami Heat made a strong push for Toure Murry, but the D-League Stud and Summer League  Standout will be joining the New York Knicks in training camp in an attempt to win a roster spot. Murry looked very good in Vegas, and has produced throughout his career (at the lower levels), but has an uphill battle ahead of him as the Knicks already have several guards under contract. One person Murry will be competing with is Chris Smith, who signed with the Knicks on a non-guaranteed contract with a training camp invite this week. Murry also has to compete with free agent guards such as Rip Hamilton (who the Knicks might have interest in). And of course, Murry also needs to compete with bigger players, because the Knicks only have one roster spot left and definitely need more depth in the frontcourt. It’s always nice to keep somebody away from the Heat, and Murry has promise, but whether he makes the team remains to be seen

-Tommy Rothman