We knew NBA free agency was going to pick up the pace once again, with Day 55 ending a 72 hour stretch in which no players came to a new agreement.
What happened today might not change the league as much as the decisions we saw earlier in free agency, but they’ll definitely help a team that’s looking to become a force to be reckoned with.
The Minnesota Timberwolves signed point guard Toure Murry to a minimum contract, to give him the chance to compete for a roster spot at training camp.
Murry has some NBA experience, having played 56 games, but his most recognizable work has come from his time in the D-League. Last season, he played in 36 games for the Texas Legends, averaging 12.1 points on 39.6 FG%, 5.4 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals a game. At 6-foot-5, it shouldn’t be expected that Murry spends all his time at point guard, which will give him the chance to improve his stroke as a shooting guard.
With the Timberwolves drafting Kris Dunn with the 5th pick in the 2016 Draft, and Tyus Jones last season with the 24th pick, it shouldn’t be expected for Murry to be the primary focus. But if he’s able to compete, especially on defence, the former Wichita State product could find himself a comfortable role on a team that went 29-53 last season.
John Lucas III
Murry, Jones and Dunn won’t be the only competition at training camp for the point guard position, since they’ll also be joined by John Lucas III.
All of the aforementioned point guards will be trying to replace Ricky Rubio as the starter. Just like Murry, the 33-year-old has spent time in both the NBA and the D-League. Lucas has a bit more experience, having played in 237 games in the pros, but he did spend last season playing for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants where he averaged 17.7 points on 46.4 FG% to go along with 4.9 assists.
Being only 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, it’ll be a tough task for him to compete on either ends of the court. On the bright side, Tom Thibodeau has always gravitated towards having a tiny point guard on his team in the past; which has already included Lucas during his days with the Chicago Chicago, where he averaged 7.5 points throughout the 2011-12 season.
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With Day 54 ending a 72 hour stretch, you can find out which players came to an agreement on Day 51 here:
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