The Knicks are competing for the top trade target

After acquiring F OG Anunoby from the Toronto Raptors, the New York Knicks began focusing on adding another star player to the team. In particular, Atlanta Hawks G Dejounte Murray has often been the subject of trade rumors as a potential fit with the Knicks. However, New York won’t be the only suitor for the former all-star.

On Tuesday, NBA Insider Shams Charania reported on FanDuel TV that the San Antonio Spurs have “exploratory interest” in acquiring Murray from the Hawks. Murray suited up for San Antonio for the first five seasons of his career from 2016-2022, being selected to the All-Star team in the 2021-2022 season.

For the Knicks, adding Murray makes sense from a basketball perspective. Murray gives the Knicks a second ball handler and shot creator in the backcourt, taking the pressure off Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle.

Murray would also make the Knicks more dynamic defensively, as he has created an all-defensive team in his career and was the NBA’s steals leader in the 2021-2022 season.