For nearly two decades, the San Antonio Spurs were one of the most dominant teams in the NBA, but times are finally changing in San Antonio and the end of an era has come. The Spurs have now missed the postseason in back-to-back years for the first-time in their team’s history and this trend is likely going to continue during the 2021-22 season.
The Spurs wound up not only losing DeMar DeRozan in free agency, but they also lost the likes of veterans Patty Mills and Rudy Gay. This team is committed to build a sustainable core of the future with their current young talents, which is why they did not make many moves in NBA free agency.
They signed Doug McDermott to a three-year, $42M deal that gives them some much needed perimeter play on the wing and they also brought back former guard Bryn Forbes, who recently won a championship with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Spurs also signed both Zach Collins and Jock Landale to beef up their frontcourt, along with acquiring Thaddeus Young and Al-Farouq Aminu from the Bulls via a sign-and-trade for DeRozan.
All of these moves the Spurs made this offseason were to help try and build something with their current young core, but they are now rebuilding so everybody is available for the right price. One guy who has been rumored to be on the trade block this offseason is Dejounte Murray.
The 24-year-old guard was drafted 29th overall in 2016 by the Spurs and has quickly become a player on the verge of having a breakout year. Being a lengthy, athletic guard makes Dejounte Murray a very intriguing young point guard in this league and the fact that he averaged 15.7 points per game last season is very promising.
With there being some NBA trade rumors surrounding him, could the Boston Celtics be a team that prioritizes trying to trade for him before the season begins? After trading away Kemba Walker, the Celtics could use a key point guard to help run their offense led by both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, which is why they could show interest in a guy like Murray.
The Boston Celtics do not have much cap space to play around with, so they would have to send out equal to or more contract value than that of Dejounte Murray’s, but they could potentially put together an enticing enough trade package for the Spurs to consider. Let’s take a look at what this trade could look like and what kind of value Murray has in terms of a trade.