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Wizards prepared to call up Touré Murry from the D-League to fill roster spot

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In light of Garrett Temple's recent injury, the Wizards are looking to call up Touré Murry from the D-League in order to fill their 15th roster spot.

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Despite the reports of Garrett Temple's hamstring injury being better than expected, the Wizards appear set on finally filling their 15th roster spot that was vacated following the release of Glen Rice Jr earlier in the year.

Murry had a very brief stint with the Utah Jazz this season, having logged just one minute of action with them all season while spending the majority of his time with their D-League affiliate. Following his release back in January, he signed with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and has proceeded to do this:

March 8th: 15 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists on 5/17 shooting

February 21st: 18 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists on 5/15 shooting

February 7th: 10 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists on 4/18 shooting

You take the good with the bad. He had his moments in the 51 games he appeared in for the Knicks last season (mostly due to Raymond Felton being injured), and played his part as the energized, ball-hounding guard off the bench, but it never really gained much traction around the league.

I'm struggling to see the fit here in Washington. Murry is a taller guard that can conceivably play alongside Ramon Sessions, but the book on him is that he's a defense-first guard with a penchant to attack the rim (often with tunnel-vision) and can't shoot from the perimeter. If he's made improvements since we last saw him in the NBA, my guess is that the Wizards are banking on it being his playmaking, since the boxscores suggest it hasn't occurred with his shot (he's shooting 25-percent from three this year for the Vipers).

It's a 10-day deal, so it's nothing to be up in arms about, but you have to question where the front office is coming from. It's obvious that this team needs shooting, not another defensive specialist.