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Report: Spurs may look to trade Dejounte Murray over the offseason?

Report: Spurs may look to trade Dejounte Murray over the offseason?

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 nine triple-doubles.

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 point.

“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 instead. 

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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