The Knicks’ mission: stop former offseason target Dejounte Murray


After holding Donovan Mitchell and the Cavaliers’ summer target to a season-low 81 points in Sunday’s win at the Garden, the Knicks will now look to lock down Dejounte Murray, another player who could be traded in the offseason.

The 2022 All-Star guard, acquired by Atlanta from the Spurs in June, had already torched the Knicks for 36 points, nine assists and five steals at the Garden on Nov. 2.

“I think it’s his all-around game,” Tom Thibodeau said of Murray before Wednesday’s home game against the Hawks. “Obviously, it’s grown a lot over the last few years. He added a shot, but he’s long, athletic and a great defender. So he gives them the stolen portion. He can turn you around and that puts him in the open floor and creates easy buckets for them.

“And the versatility, the ability to play both on and off the ball, I think he and Trae Young complement each other very well. That’s why I think he added a lot to his team.”

Dejounte Murray
Dejounte Murray
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AJ Griffin is the player under consideration for the Knicks, who traded the 13th overall pick on draft night to encourage the Pistons to acquire Kemba Walker’s contract to make room to sign Jalen Brunson in free agency.

Griffin, an Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains) product and former Duke forward, was selected by the Hawks with the No. 16 pick of the first round. He averaged 9.7 points and shot 37.6 percent from 3-point range in 20 games for Atlanta (13-11).

“I think AJ Griffin has added a lot to his team. He is an elite shooter. [He] played really well for them,” Thibodeau said. “You know, he was on the field [Knicks’ draft] board. I think we looked at a number of players that we felt good about. You consider all the possibilities. I thought our approach was very thorough and we chose the way we went down and we felt good.

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