The Washington Wizards are closing in on a 10-day contract with guard Toure’ Murry to fill the final spot on their roster and provide depth in Garrett Temple’s absence, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. A deal won’t be completed Wednesday night but Murry is expected to be available for the Wizards Thursday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Despite Murry’s addition, Washington still views veteran guard Will Bynum, who played in China this season, as the No. 1 option for the roster spot vacated when Glen Rice Jr. was waived in early January. But Bynum is nursing a hamstring injury and the vacancy is Murry’s for now.
The 6-foot-5 Murry has spent most of the season in the D-League. He signed with the Utah Jazz but appeared in just one game and spent most of his tenure under contract with the Jazz playing for the D-League’s Idaho Stampede. The Jazz waived the 25-year-old on Jan. 4. He joined the D-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Jan. 10.
Murry averaged 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and six assists in 23 games between Idaho and Rio Grande. Shooting, however, isn’t Murry’s forte; he shot 42 percent from the field and 25.4 percent from three in the D-League.
But Murry provides back-court depth in Temple’s absence and plays a similar way. They’re about the same size and both can play either guard position, enabling the team to plug Murry into the lineup as a placeholder for Temple. A product of Wichita State, Murry made his NBA debut last season with the New York Knicks, averaging 2.7 points and one assist in 7.3 minutes over 51 games.
The Wizards were pressed to fill their roster vacancy after Temple strained his right hamstring in Monday’s win over the Charlotte Hornets. A timetable has not been set for Temple’s return but he is expected to miss at least a week.