After adding veteran swingman Shawne Williams Friday, the Miami Heat may not be done adding perimeter players to the roster.
The Knicks also may still re-sign Toure’ Murry. The free agent guard has drawn interest from the Heat, Jazz and Clippers, according to a league source.
Williams will help provide depth at shooting guard and small forward, but Murry is a tween 1 and 2, playing mostly point guard during his time with the Knicks last season. His size—he’s listed at 6’5”—allows him to swing over to shooting guard.
During his rookie season, Murry made 5 of 12 three-pointers (41.7 percent). It’s a small sample size, having attempted 0.2 three’s per game. Before being called up to the NBA, Murry averaged 1.7 three’s per game in the NBA D-League, converting on 36.7 percent of them. In four college years at Wichita State, Murry shot at a clip between 26 and 34 percent in a given season.
Murry is athletic and sees the floor well. He also averaged 1.8 steals per game for statistics adjusted for 36 minutes.
Murry hasn’t played much, though. When he has, he hasn’t necessarily wowed anybody. Not even in the D-League. We also don’t know if Begley’s source was getting this information prior to the Heat adding Williams a day before the report surfaced.
If Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra do plan on using Mario Chalmers more at shooting guard, Murry could find some playing time at point guard. More than likely, he would plug in at shooting guard. He provides versatility though, and if Miami signs and hits on Murry, could give Miami a Suns-like guard capable of playing both backcourt spots.
I’m all for adding a young, relatively unknown prospect who could turn into an asset. If it doesn’t seem like he’s panning out in the NBA, the Heat could move him to their D-League affiliate the Sioux Falls Skyforce.