The name of one somewhat surprising New York Knicks player keeps coming in conversations around the league as the draft and free agency draw near.
Combo guard Toure' Murry, coming off his rookie season, is said to be on the radar of a handful of teams -- Chicago and Golden State among them -- that are hoping the shift in power in New York from the Knicks' previous administration to Phil Jackson leads to Murry becoming an unrestricted free agent.
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ESPNNewYork.com reported last week that the Brooklyn Nets also have interest in Murry.
The Knicks can make Murry a restricted free agent and obviously increase their chances of keeping him by extending the Wichita State product a qualifying offer before June 29. In that scenario, New York could match any offer Murry received in free agency.
But if they decline to extend Murry a qualifying offer, he'll become an unrestricted free agent.
At 6-foot-5, Murry would figure to appeal to Jackson, who has always favored big guards not only in his triangle offense but for the physicality they can bring to the position.
Murry, 24, averaged a mere 2.7 points and 1.0 assists in 7.3 minutes per game last season but showed a glimpse of what he can do in the season's final two games, scoring 12.5 points per game and handing out 3.5 assists in 25.5 minutes in those appearances.
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