Northwest Notes: Murray, Jazz Workouts, Thunder, Hood

Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray has been fighting through a right thigh injury, Mike Singer of the Denver Post reports.  Murray was limited to 15 points on 6-for-18 shooting, along with just one assist, in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal series against Portland. But Murray refused to admit the injury might have affected him, Singer adds.

“I always play through pain,” the Nuggets’ guard said. “It’s something I’ve always done. I always put myself through more and do more than I can. Playing through pain is just another challenge for me. I’m gonna do it regardless of the stakes. Just try to be smart about it, obviously. If it’s something I can play through, it’s what I’m gonna do.”

We have more from the Northwest Division:

  • The Jazz are bringing in six prospects for pre-draft workouts on Saturday, the team’s PR department tweets. Centers Kevin Samuel (TCU) and Nathan Knight (William & Mary), forwards Tres Tinkle (Oregon State) and Jalen Hudson (Florida) and guards Lindell Wigginton (Iowa State) and Chris Clemons (Campbell) are the players they’ll evaluate.
  • The Thunder should make everyone but Russell Westbrook and Paul George available in trade talks, Brett Dawson of The Athletic argues in his offseason outlook. Oklahoma City needs to acquire more shooters to complement their All-Star duo and find a backup center, Dawson continues. Westbrook must also adjust his game in order for the Thunder to end their cycle of first-round playoff exits, Dawson adds.
  • Trail Blazers guard Rodney Hood has hired CAA Sports to represent him, Tony Jones of The Athletic tweets. Hood will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He was previously represented by Travis King of Independent Sports and Entertainment.
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4 thoughts on “Northwest Notes: Murray, Jazz Workouts, Thunder, Hood

  1. Reflect

    I feel the opposite. Thunder should make no one other than Paul George and Russell Westbrook available. Trade those 2 for a package to reset, then sign new stars.

    • Why would you do that? OKC won’t get better stars than this two.
      PG13 is the best 2 way SF in the league, ahead of Butler & Kawhi. He always raises his game in the playoffs, which very few players do, so not smart to get rid of him.
      Westbrook is the best player in franchise history. Still at his peak, so can’t see they getting anyone near his level.
      Of the others I might keep Shroeder & Noel, all the rest must go, no use in there.

      • Codeeg

        Durant is the best player in franchise history. Westbrook just happens to have played on the team longer.

        • doug.daniel243

          Who would you rather build a team around: Westbrook or Durant? Durant for sure and it’s not even close. That tells me he’s the franchise player not Westbrook.

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