I’m not going to lie, I got a little upset when the New York Knicks waived Shannon Brown and didn’t hold on to Toure Murry in free agency.
Obviously I understand that basketball is a business like any other, and with the arrival of Jose Calderon and Shane Larkin, the roster just got a bit too guard-heavy and some pieces had to go. Calderon and Larkin are more valuable assets, no doubt, but I really wanted to see more of Brown’s athleticism and watch Murry develop under coach Derek Fisher. The two kind of fit my style of basketball, where defense and running the floor makes the game more interesting. Well, now they are headed to very different atmospheres than the Madison Square Garden.
According to NBC Sports, Brown has signed a one year contract with the Miami Heat, to help the team stay on the path of relevance now that Lebron James went home to Cleveland. He will be able to come off the bench to substitute D-Wade when his knees beg for a breather and inject a little more energy and defense to their somewhat older roster. I think he will be a good fit, and if Phil Jackson managed to see Brown’s value over so many years, I’m sure Pat Riley will do the same in South Beach.
Toure Murry is headed to Utah, where he reportedly signed a two-year contract with the Jazz (according to CBS Sports) on their path to come back to relevance.
A very versatile guard, able to play PG or SG, he is well regarded for his defensive efforts and offensive potential in terms of handling and running the floor. Besides, the kid is a warrior. If you look up his personal life, you will know what I’m talking about.
All in all a good outcome for the two players, who deserved much more than what they got from former coach Mike Woodson, who is not a guy known for developing and exploring his roster in an efficient matter.
Good luck for them both on their new teams.