Wizards Reportedly Signing Toure’ Murry


It’s no secret that the Washington Wizards are in need of another guard after Garrett Temple’s recent injury.

Even before Temple’s injury, the Wizards didn’t have anybody off the bench who could hit a three consistently. Rasual Butler began playing like the Rasual Butler that NBA fans had grown accustomed to, and Martell Webster has never been the same after a rash of injuries, including back surgery this offseason.

It appears now, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, that the Wizards will call up Toure’ Murry from the NBA Developmental League on a 10-day contract to fill that void.

Toure’ Murry, who formerly played in the NBA with the Utah Jazz and New York Knicks, has spent this season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the same team that Wizards guard Glen Rice, Jr. has been playing for this season.

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While the jury has been out on Murry’s ability to be a full-time NBA player, his recent performances appear to have reeled the Wizards in to take a chance.

Murry has recorded a triple-double in three of the last seven games and double-doubles in two of the last 10 games.

On the season, Murry is averaging 12.9 points on 42 percent shooting (29 percent from three), 6.1 rebounds, six assists and 1.6 steals per game for Rio Grande Valley.

By signing Murry, the Wizards will have filled their final roster spot, something that fans have been waiting for Washington to do for months now.

There had been speculation that Washington would sign Bobby Brown or Will Bynum to deals after their seasons in China came to an end. However, none of that happened, and the Wizards didn’t fill the final roster spot before the trade deadline.

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What’s disappointing about all this has nothing to do with Toure Miller. The [potential] signing, from recent performances, appears to be good. There’s also no risk in doing so, considering it’s just a 10-day contract.

What is disappointing, however, is that Ernie Grunfeld let Washington suffer from an inability to make a three consistently for such a long stretch of the season. As the threes faded away, so did wins. The Wizards were clearly in need of another player, yet there seemed like no sense of urgency to find someone who could step up.

It took Garrett Temple getting injured for Washington to finally get someone else – or so it seems.

The Wizards have 18 games remaining in the season, starting tomorrow against the Memphis Grizzlies, and are only a few games out of third place in the Eastern Conference.

Fans have to hope that Toure’ Murry will help Washington going forward in one way or another.

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