Dejounte Murray Rumors

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Dejounte Murray
Dejounte Murray
Position: G
Born: 09/19/96
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:170 lbs. / 77.1 kg.
Salary: $2,321,735

Storyline: Dejounte Murray Injury
In less than 24 hours, a new batch of talent will arrive in San Antonio via the NBA Draft. Shortly after that, Murray will see who comes and goes in free agency. Don’t expect him to pay too much attention, though. He’s still using this time to get ready for September. “I can’t wait (until) training camp because I’ll know who is on my team and who is not on my team,” Murray said. “I’m just excited to get to work. I want a championship bad, and I just want the players to want it as bad as me. So, if we all get on the same page and get a championship, then everybody is successful.”
Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray recently spoke with his former high school coach. The conversation left Mike Bethea convinced his former star player is poised to bounce back strong next season from the preseason knee injury that sidelined him for the entire 2018-19 campaign. “He is feeling really good, feeling stronger,” Bethea said. “He (said he) is just really excited and eager to get back and go to work.”
From a camaraderie standpoint, injured point guard Dejounte Murray’s presence on this trip has given the Spurs a boost. “To have him around, feel his energy, hear his voice, it’s a great thing,” guard Bryn Forbes said after shootaround Tuesday morning at the Pepsi Center. “And I think it’s good for him too.” But the main reason Murray is accompanying the Spurs on the road throughout the playoffs is to learn more about the game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
“Dejounte needs as much experience as he can get,” Popovich said. “He’s missing the whole year, so (it’s good for him to) see what we emphasize as far as the culture, the Os and Xs, learn about his teammates, learn more about DeMar (DeRozan), understand how we want to play, see what the coaches say positively and negatively about what we do. Because he’s going to be an important part of what we do next year, the more knowledge we can stuff into him the better.”
The Spurs on Thursday picked up their fourth-year team option on Murray, who was an NBA All-Defensive Second Team choice last season after taking over the starting job from Tony Parker in January. “I am just thankful, man,” Murray said of the Spurs’ faith in him. “I’ve been telling you guys for years, where I come from this is just a blessing for me, and like I said, I am going to keep learning and working and trying to be a pro on and off the court.”
Dejounte Murray’s willingness to be the Spurs’ leader was on full display Saturday when gave rookie Lonnie Walker IV a pep talk. “He had his head down a little bit,” Murray said after practice. “I told him it’s going to be a slow process. There are going to be moments where you feel like you want to quit. But if you love this game and you are willing to learn, you are willing to work…He’s got a bright future. If he continues to learn and put the work first, he’s going to be special.”
“I was honored when Ky called, for him to place that trust in me,” Crawford said in a telephone interview. “I wanted to really handle it delicately as far as finding an undisclosed location and keeping it that way, off the grid. “And I wanted to get players I felt were the best in terms of talent, and not being in awe. He wanted guys that would come at him, because he wanted to get better. He wanted to get his timing down. You want guys that know how to play, not guys that are out there trying to make a name.” The revolving group included NBA players such as Bulls guard Zach LaVine, Rockets forward Marquese Chriss and Spurs guard Dejounte Murray, and there were also others who played professionally overseas or are currently in college.
Thursday a photographer on Instagram with the username CreativeNLB5 released a few photos from the Spurs’ summer workouts before training camp begins later next month. In the photos, a few current Spurs players like Rudy Gay, Dejounte Murray, Bryn Forbes, and DeMar DeRozan appear, while Spurs legends Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili also appear along with Head Coach Gregg Popovich. Interestingly, two players not on the Spurs roster (yet) that appear to be working out with the team are unrestricted free agents Josh McRoberts and Josh Huestis. … If McRoberts and Huestis are indeed training camp invites, the Spurs’ roster would be up to 17 players, with three additional roster spots available for training camp.
Storyline: Josh Huestis Free Agency
Tony Parker: I came up to Pop one day, and I told him my thoughts: It was time for Dejounte to take over full-time as our starting point guard. I didn’t want it to be a dramatic thing, or this ego thing, or one of these big media things, but I just wanted to get it out in the open — for the good of Dejounte’s development, and for the good of the team. Pop agreed, and thanked me. And then I went and had the same conversation with Dejounte. He was grateful.
DeMar DeRozan said Friday he is eager to take on a leadership role with the Spurs, especially with younger players like third-year point guard Dejounte Murray. “I’m going into my 10th year in the league, so with the knowledge and everything I’ve gained in this league, if I can help the next guy, that’s what it is all about,” DeRozan said after the second and final practice of Team USA’s minicamp. “And I plan to learn from those young guys as well, so I am definitely looking forward to it.”
DeRozan said Murray made a big impression on him when he scored 16 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out six assists in a 101-97 win over Toronto at the AT&T Center in the third game of last season. “He definitely stood out,” said DeRozan who was traded by the Raptors to the Spurs last week in the Kawhi Leonard deal. “He made me a fan the first week of the season. I think he had a (near) triple double against us. You love to see young guys like that. So anything I can do to help, I want to do it.”

Paul Garcia: On an ESPN radio interview Thursday, Danny Green said he has an idea of what Rudy Gay is going to do with his player option. Dejounte Murray posted this photo on Instagram the same day. Gay has until June 29 to exercise or decline the PO.

The NBA announced on Wednesday that Dejounte Murray was named to the 2017-18 NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Murray was the only player in the NBA under 6-6 to record at least 400 rebounds, 90 steals and 30 blocks this season. A second-year guard, Murray earned his first career selection, which makes him the third guard and ninth player in Spurs history to be named to an All-Defensive Team, joining George Johnson, Alvin Robertson, David Robinson, Dennis Rodman, Tim Duncan, Bruce Bowen, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. He averaged 5.7 rebounds, 1.20 steals and 0.38 blocks to go along with 8.1 points and 2.9 assists in 21.5 minutes.
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Pau Gasol: But what I remember about this particular drill is that, at some point during it, Coach Hammon stopped us mid-motion. Coaches Hammon, Borrego and Messina walk over, and Becky says to Dejounte, “D.J., O.K. — your bounce pass? It’s too low. You’ve got to hit Pau exactly where he needs it. Run that again.” We then talk some more as a group about how I need the ball a little more precise, with a little more zip, so I could have a better chance to finish the action at the rim. And then we repeat the drill a few times, alternating from the left and right sides of court. Of course, Dejounte being Dejounte, he figures it out fast — and pretty soon we’re flying through. But something about that moment has just always stuck with me. Just, like … the level of knowledge of the game that Becky showed, you know what I mean? She noticed a small detail out of the corner of her eye — and then instantly located both the problem and the solution. And not only that, but we were also able to communicate with each other in such a way that we got the result that we needed. It’s a good reminder, I’d say, of the importance of communication between team members — especially at the NBA level. I don’t think I caught another stray pass the rest of the season.
Storyline: Becky Hammon Head Coach?
The spotlight was on Murray in the fourth quarter against the Lakers when he scored 11 of his game-high 23 points on 3-of-3 shooting. “He played good,” Aldridge said. “He got to the rim, picked his spots, made things happen when things were kind of stalling.” Murray also finished with 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block. He is one of just seven players in the league this season with more than 600 points, 400 rebounds, 200 assists, 90 steals and 20 blocks. The others are James, Paul George, Ben Simmons, Andre Drummond, Draymond Green and Antetokounmpo.
Parker is one of the winningest point guards of his generation — four championships, including that Finals MVP in 2007 as he led the Spurs to a four-game sweep of a young LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. But he is no longer that guy, even though he’s getting paid like it ($15.4 million this season). “You have to look at the big picture,” Parker said. “For me, as a professional, that’s what you have to do that, anyway. You have to rehab. They pay me a lot of money, and so that’s part of it. I never saw it like that. My relationship with Pop goes deeper than that. He knows how hard I worked to come back, and R.C. (Buford, the Spurs’ general manager), too. So that’s why, for me, I just look at the big picture. I really believe that they will take care of me.”
“It just shows how much of a pro he is, how much he’s willing to sacrifice for the team,” Murray said of Parker last week. “…I just try to motivate him to keep going. I always tell him, out of everything you did — winning championships, all the points you scored, anything — the thing that surprised me and shocked me the most and made me respect him even more was when he got hurt last year. To see him in here every day, coming in on crutches, trying to get to running and shooting, he was dedicated to get back. He said he was going to get back to play again, and that was the best thing that I’ve seen from him.”
“We’re working,” Murray said. “We’re working every day. That’s like, ooh, Tim Duncan to Manu to TP? All these banners, they did that. It’s crazy. But at the same time, it’s the next man up. And that’s how I approach things: if I’m the next man up, I’ve got to be ready to go. Like I said, I’m working every day, and I’m showing them that I’m here to learn and get better every day. That’s all I can say. “As long as I stay healthy and (with) God’s will, I’m going to work my ass off. I’m going to continue to study the game and learn and learn and learn. ’Cause as the point guard, you’re the quarterback, you’ve got to know everything. I want that. Some dudes shy away from it and are scared of this type of position. I’m built for it. I fear nothing. I’m going to continue to reach for everything I can.”
Clay Bailey: Second-year pro Dejounte Murray has replaced Tony Parker as the Spurs starting point guard and coach Gregg Popovich said Parker handled the change with class. “He was great. He thought it was good for the team, and giving Dejounte a chance to see what he could do. (Parker) was mature, and really made it easy on me to make a decision like that. He was fantastic.””
Dejounte Murray started for the Spurs in Sunday’s 94-86 loss to Indiana. Afterward, Parker confirmed he has lost his job to the second-year guard. “Pop told me,” Parker said. “He told me he thought it was time, and I was like, ‘No problem.’ Just like Manu (Ginobili), just like Pau (Gasol), you know that day is going to come. If Pop sees something that is good for the team, I will try to do my best…I will support Pop’s decision, and I will try to help DJ as best as I can and try to be the best I can in that second unit with Manu and Patty (Mills).”
Among players who have had as many offensive rebound chances as Murray (6-foot-5) this season, the only guards who have a better adjusted offensive rebound percentage are Ben Simmons (6-foot-10) and Andre Roberson (6-foot-7). The only qualified guard with more defensive rebounds per minute so far this season is Westbrook. For those who have at least as many total rebound opportunities, the only guards who rank higher in overall adjusted rebound percentage are hyped-up rookie Lonzo Ball, Simmons and Westbrook as well as MVP-candidates like LeBron James and Jimmy Butler.