The San Antonio Spurs lost in the NBA Play-In Tournament, resulting in the team missing the postseason for the second straight year. This is the first time in franchise history that the Spurs have missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons and it is a streak they would like to snap as soon as next season.
San Antonio has some intriguing young players on the roster that should help lead the team back to the postseason sooner than later.
Keldon Johnson is getting Team USA experience, Devin Vassell has upside after being selected in 2020. Dejounte Murray, Lonnie Walker IV and Derrick White are also players the organization likes.
But, the team is currently at a crossroads. They have to figure out what direction they want to take, either building up the roster around this current core or entering a rebuild. That could be determined by what kind of offers they get for two of their young guards.
According to Zach Harper of The Athletic, both Murray and White are gettable this offseason. The asking price for either player has yet to be revealed, but the Spurs are unlikely to just give either player away and there will be plenty of suitors for each.
Which teams could pony up an offer for Murray? Here are three teams who should pursue the former Washington product this offseason.
The Dallas Mavericks need to make moves this offseason. Their salary cap flexibility will be virtually gone once Luka Doncic’s max extension kicks in. While Dejounte Murray plays the same position as Doncic, they would form a strong pairing in the backcourt.
The Mavericks need someone, anyone, that will play defense. Murray is a strong defender who is only improving. At 6’4” with a 6’10” wingspan, Murray can be a terror defensively playing the passing lanes.
He averages 1.3 steals per game in his career and with that size can defend multiple positions. That multi-positional defensive versatility is exactly what the Maverick needs in their starting lineup and makes for a great backcourt partner for Doncic.
Offensively, Murray has shown improvement as a facilitator, as his assists per game have increased every season in the NBA. Having another player that can run the Mavericks’ offense would take a lot of pressure off of Doncic to run the show by himself.