Last season, Toure’ Murry got a 10-day contract with the Washington Wizards. Then he played on their team at Summer League. He’s seen as a guy with size (6’5″) and potential, but it has yet to really show itself and he’s been banged up when with the Wizards.
He’ll get another chance with a training camp, non-guaranteed deal with the Washington Wizards, reports J. Michael at CSNWashington.com.
When Murry did play, he scored six points and added one assist, one rebound and one steal in five games with the Wizards.
He’s joining a team that has all 15 spots filled for the 2015-16 season with guaranteed contracts, along with center Jaleel Roberts who also played for the Wizards in Las Vegas. There’s a strong likelihood that a roster spot will come available which makes the risk worth the reward.
I wouldn’t bet on him making the roster. The Wizards have John Wall, Ramon Sessions, and Garrett Temple with guaranteed deals at the point guard spot, then Bradley Beal and Gary Neal locked in at the two. Not a lot of minutes or space there unless they make a move.
The NBA is experiencing a small-ball revolution, teams more committed than ever to forgoing height in favor of shooting, ball-handling and agility.
But size still creates opportunities for players.
That’s why someone who averaged 7.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game as a UNC-Asheville senior is getting an NBA contract.
Shams Charania of RealGM:
The Wizards already have 15 players, the regular-season roster limit, with guaranteed contracts. So, it’s unlikely Roberts lasts past the preseason.
Washington also doesn’t have its own D-League affiliate. So, the Wizards didn’t sign him to waive him and assign his D-League rights.
Most likely, they just want another big body for practice to limit the wear and tear on Marcin Gortat (31), Nene (32) and Drew Gooden (33). Washington needs to save its veterans for the regular season and playoffs.
But if the Wizards clear a guaranteed contract – maybe by trading Garrett Temple – and Roberts impresses, maybe he could stick. Washington typically likes to have an open roster spot, but because Roberts’ deal is unguaranteed, he wouldn’t limit flexibility.
The Jazz-Spurs pipeline seemed like it would send Garrett Temple to Utah (via the Wizards) after Dante Exum’s injury.
And it might.
First, San Antonio summer-leaguer Treveon Graham is headed to the Jazz.
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed free agent guard/forward Treveon Graham (TRAY-vee-on).
Graham signed a three-year minimum contract with $75,000 guaranteed, according to Basketball Insiders.
Undrafted out of Virginia Commonwealth, Graham is an excellent rebounder for his position. He can score multiple ways and his length is a defensive asset, but his athleticism is limited for an NBA player.
The Jazz have 13 players with guaranteed salaries. Graham will compete with four players on fully unguaranteed deals – Christopher Johnson, Jack Cooley, Elijah Millsap and Bryce Cotton – for the final two regular-season roster spots. Graham’s guarantee might give him a slight advantage, but I’d still give the edge to Millsap and Cotton. Millsap looked defensively last year, and Cotton provides needed point guard depth after Exum’s injury.
Most likely, Utah waives Graham and assigned his D-League rights to its affiliate, the Idaho Stampede. Eating a $75,000 guarantee probably wouldn’t prohibit the Jazz from making any moves they’d make otherwise.
But Graham at least gets that small payout and a chance to impress in training camp. It’s hardly inconceivable the Temple Hills, Md., native makes the regular-season roster.