Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Flip Murray

Flip scored 31 points on 13 of 21 shooting last night against the Orlando Magic.

Can anyone explain to me why the Hawks let Flip Murray sign elsewhere?

a) Charlotte gave Murray a 1-year deal for less than $2 million.

b) Murray would have gladly stayed in Atlanta for the same or less money.

c) Atlanta had roster space to keep Murray.

In the meantime, Atlanta drafted Jeff Teague. I don't remember the contract terms, but the rookie scale likely called for Teague to get a very nice deal (while maybe not as rich as Murray's, Teague's contract probably had terms that are not that far away).

Teague is fast enough to get to the rim, but opposing defenses are sagging off of him to see if he can make an outside shot. And there seem to be some serious mechanical issues with Teague's shooting form. Teague is averaging 3 points per game on a woeful 33% shooting.

Jamal Crawford was a great pick-up for the Hawks, and the team is having a fantastic early run. But could you imagine how much better the team would be if the second unit featured Flip Murray and Crawford at the guard spots?

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