3 Questions the stunning Spurs-Dejounte interest rumor immediately raises

A recent report from Shams Charania has lit the San Antonio Spurs community ablaze with trade speculation on the return of one dynamic player.

Gregg Popovich, Dejounte Murray
Gregg Popovich, Dejounte Murray / Ronald Cortes/GettyImages
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3. How would he fit into San Antonio's long-term plans?

In a word, perfectly. The team is lacking veterans with attitude. Not the type of attitude that gets a player in trouble, but Dejounte was never a troublemaker as a 210 resident. He played with determination and a disregard for losing. Making key steals and blocking bigs from the guard position, he plays the margins where winning is accomplished.

When you look at a box score and you cannot figure out how a team won or lost a game, that's how. Timing can be everything in professional basketball. A player may have gotten two steals but if they were in the first quarter and nobody disrupted the opposing offense in crunchtime, leading to a loss, those two early steals weren't very impactful. DJ has made a habit in the past of making crucial plays in the waning moments of games to solidify victory, a facet this team has been missing.

He is only 27 years old but has played in the playoffs, suffered a season-ending injury, and gone through some losing. Murray has made an All-Star team. He's played as the best player on a team, and he's taken a back seat before. His experience will help the young players on the team while still being in the beginning of his prime, allowing a long relationship.

Every single young player on this roster benefits from an experienced point guard. There is no reason why, in a couple of years, the Silver and Black can not be standing atop the Western Conference with Victor Wembanyama, Devin Vassell, Jeremy Sochan, and Dejounte Murray standing together.

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