NBA Notes: Spurs, Dejounte Murray, Celtics, Pacers


  • Guard Lonnie Walker IV is not expected to return to the Spurs in free agency, per Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report. Walker is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high 12.1 points.
  • The Spurs remain engaged with the Hawks on a potential trade centered on All-Star guard Dejounte Murray, as we relayed here. But the Hawks supposedly aren’t the only team to check in on Murray, per reports. The Knicks are also believed to have a strong interest, per Marc Stein of The Stein Line.
  • Will Hardy would have been “in the mix” to replace Gregg Popovich as Spurs coach has Hardy not taken the job with the Jazz, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Interestingly, there is a sense that ex-Jazz coach Quin Snyder will be the leading candidate to replace Popovich once he steps down, whenever that may be.



The Pacers are exercising the option on the contact of small forward Oshae Brissett, per James Boyd of the Indianapolis Star. Brissett, 24, is due to earn about $1.8 million, though it’s not all guaranteed, Boyd noted.

Still, he has been a regular part of the rotation, averaging 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 67 games last season.

It’s considered a win-win for both sides, as Brissett can play his way to a larger deal by the end of next season.

  • The Pacers are among the teams pursing Hornets free agent forward Miles Bridges, per Fischer. That said, Bridges won’t be cheap and word is, Charlotte is prepared to match any offer he receives.
  • Meanwhile, Indiana remains active in trade talks about Malcolm Brogdon, but after the Wizards and Knicks both traded for guards in the latest 24 hours, some of his potential suitors may be falling by the wayside. The Mavs could make a run at Brogdon if they lose Jalen Brunson — and the same goes for the Spurs should they trade Murray.

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