San Antonio Spurs: Is Zach LaVine subtly recruiting Dejounte Murray?

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As trade season draws closer and closer, the rumor mill around the San Antonio Spurs will continue to get louder and louder. Although many of them will likely be nonsense, a source like The Athletic throwing out some rumors instills a bit more confidence in the Spurs community that some kind of move might be in the works.

Over the weekend, rumblings surrounding Dejounte Murray's future with the team gained a little more steam on Twitter. While I agree with my Air Alamo colleague Ethan Farina that the rumor referring to Murray and Derrick White as "gettable" doesn't mean much, the rising point guard's recent tweet appears to have given an NBA All-Star some hope.

If you're familiar with Murray's social media style, the tweet isn't too surprising. He tends to write longer tweets about his love of the game and tuning out haters pretty often. Given that he addresses "rumors" directly, however, there's maybe a bit more to the story.

Chicago Bulls star Zach LaVine took notice of Murray's cryptic tweet, liking it on Twitter along with another tweet showing Murray in a white Bulls jersey. LaVine was born in Renton, Washington -- just 20 minutes from Dejounte's hometown, Seattle.

The two have a close relationship and the Chicago Bulls are in desperate need of some help in the backcourt. Of course, Bulls fans everywhere have been taking Murray's tweet and LaVine's likes as a sign that something could be in the works, but that seems unlikely.

The Bulls don't really have many assets to work with, as their next tradeable first-round pick isn't until 2025.

Still, it makes sense for LaVine to want Murray on his team, and although he probably won't get his wish, it's funny to see how things as trivial as likes can create so much buzz.

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If Coach Popovich starts benching Zach in the upcoming Olympics, we'll all know why.