San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray is in the midst of a
breakout season. After taking the next step in his development, the
25-year-old looks like an up-and-coming star.
This season, Murray is averaging 19.3 points, 8.9 assists, 8.5
rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.4 three-pointers (all of which are
career-highs) while shooting 45.0% from the field, 32.6% from
three-point range and 73.3% from the free-throw line.
He's also posting personal-bests in Win Shares (4.1), Box
Plus/Minus (5.0), VORP (2.5), assist percentage (39.8) and PER
(21.5). Entering this season, Murray had just four triple-doubles
in his career; through 41 games this year, he has already recorded
Recently, on an episode of “Brian Windhorst and The Hoop
Collective,” ESPN’s Brian Windhorst discussed Murray’s future
in San Antonio and whether he might become available at some
“There’s been some chatter in the league about whether the Spurs
would be willing to trade him — maybe not during the season but
next summer,” Windhorst said (h/t HoopsHype).
“Dejounte Murray is having his best season, and no one talks
about him at all,” he added. “And yet when I talk with
executives, there are some teams that are like, ‘We’re preparing to
make an offer if he might become available.’ Again, I’m not saying
he’s available right now, but if they decide to do that, man, they
would absolutely be selling high.”
After selecting Murray with the No. 29 pick in the 2016 NBA
Draft and developing him over the past six seasons, it seems like
the Spurs have found their next homegrown star. However, it’s
possible that San Antonio could look to sell high on Murray
San Antonio is in the midst of a rebuild, with 10 players who
are age-25 or younger on their roster. Murray turned 25 years old
in September, so he seemingly fits their timeline. He is earning
$15,428,880 this season, then he's under contract for two more
years (at $16,571,120 and $17,714,000).
The Spurs are 17-29, which is the third-worst record in the
Western Conference. They have the NBA's 19th-ranked defense
(allowing 108.0 points per 100 possessions) and 20th-ranked offense
(scoring 107.1 points per 100 possessions).
It seems unlikely that San Antonio would consider dealing Murray
prior to the Feb. 10 trade deadline, but perhaps he’s a name to
watch over the offseason. If the Spurs decide to make Murray
available this summer, one would imagine that many teams will
express interest and make an offer.
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