Tour’e Murry the Knicks’ fluid point-guard star in the Las Vegas summer league is acing training camp thus far after nearly taking the Heat’s training camp invite he said. With rookie small forward C.J. Leslie floundering and heading toward the cutting block Murry has become a favorite to make the roster with coach Mike Woodson making strong indications he’s earned his stripes. Of course there’s always the wild-card of J.R. Smith’s brother point guard Chris Smith who is being outplayed by Murry but could be kept for political reasons. The Post reported Smith dumped his agent Marc Cornstein last spring for J.R.’s agent Creative Artists Agency’s Leon Rose as what some believe is a package deal. Murry said he was close to joining the team and still could go there if the Knicks cut him. “After the summer league Miami showed interest’’ said Murry who played with Houston’s D-League team last season. “That was the main team I was looking at. The Knicks were the most comfortable playing with the same players and coaches and I knew the system. Mike Woodson offered me the invite after second the game. I stuck with it. “I understand the NBA is a business’’ Murry added. “If it doesn’t work out another team will take care of me.’’ Murry can play both guard positions which isn’t a current need. But the Knicks prefer him not to head to Miami either. A source said the large number of scouts on hand in Baltimore for Thursday’s game against the Wizards were looking at Murry in addition to a few others. The Heat had a scout in Baltimore.
Knicks rookie Murry’s stock rising
New York Post | Oct 19