Gregg Popovich speaks on Dejounte Murray’s extension with Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs signed point guard Dejounte Murray to a four-year, $64 million extension on Monday, a move head coach Gregg Popovich and the front office in San Antonio were very comfortable with.
Popovich on Dejounte Murray’s character off the court, helping others with small tasks around facility and why franchise felt comfortable with extension. “He had the stuff of a leader.” #Spurs #ksatsports #ksatnews #NBA pic.twitter.com/SUgB3rp1FY
— RJ Marquez (@KSATRJ) October 23, 2019
Murray missed the entire 2018-19 season after tearing his right ACL in the preseason. The Spurs can’t wait to see Murray and Derrick White wreck havoc together in 2019-20. Both players are stout defenders.
Murray averaged 8.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists during the 2017-18 season for the Spurs while shooting 44.3 percent from the field, 26.5 percent from beyond the arc and 70.9 percent from the free-throw line.
San Antonio, with Murray back in the fold, has a nice starting five of Murray, White, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay and LaMarcus Aldridge. The Spurs lost to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 2019 playoffs in seven games, so they will be more motivated this 2019-20.
The Spurs are expected to be a more explosive offensive unit with Murray back in action and running the offense.
In a loaded Western Conference, San Antonio is eager to show it belongs at the top. As long as the Spurs have Popovich, they will always be considered contenders since he’s one of the brightest basketball minds on the planet.
Murray has career averages of 6.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 119 games with the Spurs. He was the 29th overall pick in the 2016 draft.