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Spurs view Dejounte Murray’s return as team’s ‘biggest’ offseason addition

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The San Antonio Spurs are getting back starting point guard Dejounte Murray for next season and the franchise is viewing his return as the team’s “biggest” offseason addition, according to Jabari Young of The Athletic.

Murray missed the entire 2018-19 season after tearing his right ACL last preseason. The Spurs can’t wait to see Murray and Derrick White wreck havoc together in 2019-20. Both players are stout defenders.

Figuring out the lineup with so much depth is a functional problem, and as one Spurs staffer told The Athletic, in a way, Murray’s return is perhaps the Spurs’ “biggest” offseason addition.

And this season, with Murray returning and an improved White, Popovich will probably emphasize defense even more. Though some are curious if Murray and White will start together, on most nights, and in close games, the duo will probably share the floor to end games as they are two of the best perimeter defenders on the team. But make no mistake, if the Spurs are planning to advance to the playoffs for the 23rd consecutive season, and this time progressing through the first round, they’ll need Murray to be at his best.

Dejounte 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 and 70.9 percent from the free-throw line.

With Murray back in the fold, the Spurs have a nice Big 4 of Murray, White, DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge. In a loaded Western Conference, San Antonio is eager to show it belongs at the top.

As long as the Spurs have head coach Gregg Popovich, they will always be considered contenders since he’s one of the brightest basketball minds on the planet.