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The Knicks will not make a qualifying offer to Toure' Murry (Stein, June 30).

New York has also relinquished his restricted free agent status, the report said.

Murry averaged 2.7 points, 1.0 assist and 0.9 rebounds in 7.3 minutes per game in 2013-14. He appeared in 51 games for the Knicks, all off the bench.

The Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors are all interested in Murry (Begley, May 27).

>> How important is it for Knicks to keep Toure' Murry?

According to Stein, the Knicks are said to still be interested in retaining Murry's services. Relinquishing his restricted status ensures New York has no guaranteed ties to the guard moving forward. While the move may be not personal, it certainly frees Phil Jackson up from another contract.

He's made it known that there will be changes ahead. The team is looking for a fresh start.

Perhaps Murry will be a part of such a movement, but first, the Knicks need to see where the other chips happen to fall. It's smart to prioritize and take care of the more pressing matters (i.e. Carmelo Anthony and other players who may demand more lucrative contracts) first.

After such things are taken care of, it's safe to assume that Murry will still stand tall as a worthwhile option for players in his price range at the position. As a taller guard with decent court vision, the Witchita State product is a solid candidate to play in the triangle offense. He can also slash his way to the basket, and has steady instincts on the defensive end, too.

Should New York still end up giving Murry a call, it'd be interesting to see if such an attempt will be too little, too late. As a young gun with interesting potential, he'll have his fair share of suitors.

Tags: Knicks , Andrew Vazzano
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