Source: Murry an unrestricted free agent

The New York Knicks have declined to offer guard Toure' Murry a qualifying offer, electing to make him an unrestricted free agent, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.

The Knicks had to inform Murry of their intentions on Monday. If they’d extended him a qualifying offer, it would have allowed them to match any off made to Murry by another team.

Now, Murry is free to sign with whichever team he chooses.

Sources tell Stein that the Knicks would like to re-sign Murry. But the guard is sure to attract significant interest on the free agent market.

Murry is believed to be on the radar of a handful of teams -- Chicago and Golden State among them -- that were hoping that the Knicks allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent.

ESPNNewYork.com reported last week that the Brooklyn Nets also have interest in Murry.

Murry, 24, averaged 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.

At 6-5, Murry seems to have the height that Jackson covets in his guards in the triangle offense. The Knicks, it should be noted, have eight guards on the roster (including free agent Shannon Brown). And Jackson noted last week that he’d have to make roster moves to balance the roster.

Making Murry a free agent takes his $1 million cap hold off of the Knicks’ books.

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