Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 at 3:26 pm  |  34 responses

Links: BREAKING: Hawks sign Flip Murray

by Lang Whitaker

In need of a combo guard who can play off the bench, the Hawks today agreed to a deal with Flip Murray. Replacing Childress with Flip and Mo Evans seems like a good deal to me.

From the press release…

ATLANTA, GA —– Seeking to add additional depth to its backcourt, the Atlanta Hawks General Manager Rick Sund announced today that the club has signed free agent guard Ronald “Flip” Murray to a contract. Per team policy, no other details were released.

“By signing Flip, it provides us with another experienced player who has the ability to play multiple positions for us,” said Sund. “Because of his versatility, he will be a valuable asset for us as a reserve, and we look forward to the contributions he’ll bring this season.”

A 6-3, 197-pound combo (point/shooting) guard, Murray is a six-year veteran who last played for the Indiana Pacers. He saw action in 23 games after he was signed a mid-season free agent (March 1) following his release from the Detroit Pistons, and he averaged 11.0 points and 3.5 assists (.425 FG%, .389 3FG%, .754 FT%) in those contests.

He started the final 15 games at point guard for the Pacers last season during their playoff push (Indiana went 10-5 during that stretch), and he averaged 11.0 ppg (.439 FG%, .450 3FG%, .703 FT%) in his 17 overall starts with Indiana.

In a season-and-a-half with the Pistons (88 games, 2006-07 and ’07-08), Murray tallied 6.9 ppg and 2.9 apg (.406 FG%, .694 FT%).

He brings career marks of 9.3 points, 2.4 assists and 2.0 rebounds to the Hawks, having played for five teams (Milwaukee, Seattle, Cleveland, Detroit and Indiana) over his six seasons. In addition, Murray has played in 29 postseason games with totals of 5.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg and 1.4 apg.

The NCAA Division II Player of the Year during his senior season at Shaw University, Murray was selected in the second round of the 2002 Draft by the Bucks. He saw limited action as a rookie and was traded during that year (along with Ray Allen, Kevin Ollie and a conditional 2003 first-round pick) to the Sonics (for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason), where he developed into a scoring threat one year later (2003-04) while subbing for Allen who missed 26 games due to injury. Murray turned in 12.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 2.5 apg in 82 contests (18 starts) and connected on .425 FG% and .715 FT%.

He spent two more seasons with the Sonics before being traded to the Cavaliers during the 2005-06 campaign, and he scored 13.5 points in 28 games in helping Cleveland reach the playoffs. He recorded his career-best playoff numbers that year, with 8.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 1.6 apg.

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy


  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Love this signing for the Hawks. Murray > Ty Lue, methinks.

  • T-pott

    He will do them good.

  • AB_40

    mo evans plus flip murray is okay. Now let’s hope marvin williams starts doing his thing so they won’t miss a heartbeat in team performance from last year.

  • Boing Dynasty

    really? this many words for flip murry? okay.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics/ Moose

    now they need josh smith guaranteed on the team . . .

  • Pic

    bigger news:
    D Jones to Milwaukee!

  • Lebron Jordan 23

    yeah, uhm how bout Mo Williams to the Cavs?

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Josh is on the team. He’s in The A taking his physical this week.

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    Pic & LBJordan are right: That deal’s official it looks like…at least according to the four-letter word.

  • Mendel

    Lil Flip. Congrats, Lang on a good pick up

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Only Lang can get completely excited about Flip signing with the Hawks.

  • ciolkstar

    The Mo williams deal got done. OK city gets Joe Smith and Desmond Mason, CLE gets Mo (money mo problems?) and Miluakee gets the corpses of Damon Jones and Adrian Griffin.

  • ciolkstar

    I really hope the cavs resign Delonte though. I’ll bet Bron wants him back, they seemed like friends. (Delonte looked the most pissed in the WAS series. Bron was calming HIM down after some of the fouls)

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Mo Williams to the Cavs is a great deal. He’ll just have to dial back on his shoot first tendencies, and he might be a great PG for Lebron and his cronies. And is it just me or is Detroit losing ground FAST in the east. Flip’s leaving, Kwame’s on the roster, that can’t be good. And to top it all of, Walter’s back with his fly suits & collars.

  • ciolkstar

    Uhhh……Flip’s been gone from the Pistons.

  • ciolkstar

    Sorta off topic but… I can’t believe JR is still unsigned. Has anyone even made an offer?

  • Mendel

    Barack to Milwakee

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    possibly the best signing hawks have done in recent memory.

  • Myung Lee

    I…like it and don’t like it. I definitely like it because 1. we’re making some moves to get better and 2. he is a guy who can score in bunches off the bench. But I don’t like it because from what I can see of his career thus far, he is a bonafide ball hog. We’ll see how it pans out.

  • Myung Lee

    A line up of Horford, Smith, Marvin, Joe, and Bibby…with Flip, Mo Evans, Zaza, Randolph Morris, and Acie Law off the bench… it isn’t awe inspiring, but I’m starting to feel this team. Losing Chill was still a big minus, but no need to dwell on it… now, if only if we can do something about that coach of ours.

  • killa

    great pick up, he can bring some scorin in off the bench

  • Nadine Prince

    to ciolkstar: i heard that spurs was interested. i might be wrong

  • Nadine Prince

    to ciolkstar: i heard that spurs was interested. i might be wrong

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    Nice signing, good for our bench… wonder how much we paid him though, hope it wasn’t a Speedy-esque contract

  • cb#34

    Shout out to Flip holding L-Vall up high


    How long until Lang is hating Flip Murray? hehe

  • Michael

    I remember that year in seattle when ray Allne was hurt and for about a month flip murray was in the top ten scoring and i kept wondering who the hell he was.

  • http://www,freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    i saw him play at shaw! he played like their was no tommorow. He lit it up! He never really got playing time in the NBA and i hope he finally will get some here

  • http://washedupplayer.blogspot.com/ RiseKing

    Rick Sund loves Flip Murray. Bring in a couple more ex-Sunders like Robert Swift, Nick Collison, Chris Wilcox, and Luke Ridnour and I’ll become a fan of the Atlanta Sonics.

  • Myung Lee

    I’d be OK without Robert Swift, but the other 3 we’d welcome. I thought we were thisclose to getting Ridnour last summer (for the Acie Law pick). Whatever happened to him anyway? He was participating in the Skills Challenge during All Star weekend, playing for Team USA… and now he’s virtually off the radar?

  • http://www.alloutblitz.com Cordeazy

    Flip is easily one of my favorite players to watch for some reason…especially when he is on someone else’s team. I feel like the nba is running out of players who will do anything to cross-up/dunk on players, with no regard for winning (RIP young Steve Francis). i want to see good basketball, winning ect. but sometimes I just want to see someone try to cross someone up. The hawks should trade for ricky davis, and the old jason williams. I would get season tickets to see that team.


    Flip can score.

  • Kevin K

    what the hawks needed most, an 1 dimensional scorer… get rid of mike woodson, get a big man not named randolph morris or solomon, and devise a playbook that is more than an iso and pick and roll with joe jacking up a 3 or a contested fade away. bottom line, hawks are not making the playoffs as the Eastern conference is getting better while WE are NOT!