Like it or not, the narrative about the Boston Celtics needing a real goalkeeper is making a comeback, and it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon.
Sure, Marcus Smart was impressive in his first season as a head guard, but the Celtics’ ability to slack against a defense group has been a thorn in their side throughout their game series against the Golden State Warriors. Perhaps that’s why the fan base went into hiring mode after DeJounte Murray, the San Antonio Spurs guard, posted a mysterious tweet on June 21.
Soon after Murray posted that tweet, Celtics Twitter started doing what they wanted, drowning out his comments with several “come to Boston” transfers. Here are some of the more recent comments, to give you some examples.
“Boston is waiting for you,” @GangCeltics responded.
“She’s going to be representing Celtic Green soon,” @MAC10SZN wrote on Twitter.
You can scroll through the comments for a full set of hiring reviews, but it’s certainly clear that Murray is seen as the kind of bouncer Boston needs – at least from the online fan base.
Murray had a great year
Murray was never known as a sniper, but his ability to hack, find the open man, and/or press the edge has never been in doubt. Sure, in the modern NBA, where divergence reigns, Murray has had to face an uphill battle, but last season, he proved all the skeptics wrong.
Over 68 regular season games, the six-foot-four goalkeeper averaged 21.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 9.2 assists per game while shooting 46.2% from field and 32.7% from perimeter. Well, the three-point shot is a bit unsettling, but Murray’s size and playmaking ability made him one of the most exciting young goalkeepers in the league, and it makes sense to believe he’d unlock a new level in the Celtics’ offensive.
To be clear, Murray scored his all-time career high last season, earning his first All-Star appearance as a result. Murray is quickly becoming an indispensable member of Tottenham’s rotation, so it’s unlikely they will be ready to part with him this summer.
Murray fits TPE
Let’s say that through a stroke of luck, Spurs have already decided to trade Murray this summer. The Washington native is currently halfway through a four-year deal worth $64 million, with an average annual income of $16 million.
You may ask yourself if Murray’s contract fits an Evan Fournier TPE, and the answer is yes. But the bigger question should be “Who would Spurs want in return?” This is where things get difficult.
Derrick White recently joined the Celtics from San Antonio, so we can leave him out of any deal, while Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. This makes Marcus Smart and Robert Williams the two most logical candidates – and neither is likely enough to strike a deal with them as the cornerstone of the trade.
So while Murray is arguably the perfect choice for what Boston is looking for in its next starting point, it’s unlikely that will happen this summer, no matter how many fans try to recruit him via the comments section.
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