SALT LAKE CITY (January 4, 2015) - The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has waived guard Toure' Murry. Following the move, the Jazz roster now stands at 14 players.
Murry (6-5, 195, Wichita State) was originally signed as a free agent on Aug. 28 and appeared in one regular season game for the Jazz. He also had two assignments with Jazz's exclusive NBA Development League affiliate, the Idaho Stampede (Nov. 13-Dec. 2 and Dec. 31-Jan. 3), where he saw action in seven games (six starts) and averaged 13.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.1 steals in 31.3 minutes of play.
There are a few initial thoughts about this. The first is that the Jazz are in dire need of a shooting guard what with the recent injuries to THREE shooting guards on the roster in Alec Burks, Rodney Hood, and Patrick Christopher. I see Murry as a combo guard and have watched him play a lot more than many other Jazz writers / bloggers out there as I've seen him play this year more than the one minute of action last night (a game he played in AFTER most likely being told by the coach or front office that he was going to be waived the next day).
I don't think that Murry, the second year player who transformed his game into a pick and roll point guard, got any chance to show what he could do on the court this season. I'm a fan of his, and call him the NBA D-League version of Dwyane Wade, he is big, physical, and can do good things out there on the court. Now he's not going to do it in a Jazz uniform. I wish him the best.
So why Murry? Well, he wasn't playing, and as this stage it looks like the Jazz -- by tacit agreement -- feel like they are good to go at point guard with Trey Burke, Dante Exum, and by default, Ian Clark. That's reading between the lines though.
The rumor is that the Jazz will now add Elijah Millsap, as multiple sources have stated on twitter. Millsap will be the third Millsap who has put on a Jazz uniform. Paul Millsap was drafted in the second round years ago and played his way up to starter. Their eldest brother John Millsap played for the Jazz in the summer league before as well.
But more on Sap^3 in the next post . . .
Fare thee well, Toure'. I felt like you could have helped this team. You made a fan out of me for your play with Idaho. And I hope you catch on with another NBA team soon. You have NBA level talent, but did not get an opportunity to prove it on the court.
The Jazz now have a 14 man roster, with an open spot for whomever . . . but signs point to another Millsap.
UPDATE: Agent strikes back
Yikes. Bernie Lee also represents power players Brady Heslip, Mike James, Geron Johnson, Rashad McCants, Sean Williams, and the one and only John Lucas III.