Murray, Pistons agree on two-year, $3.6M deal

Updated: July 18, 2006, 12:14 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider

It appears that the Detroit Pistons have cornered the market on Flips in the NBA.

 Flip Murray
Murray
The team came to terms with free agent Ronald "Flip" Murray on a two-year, $3.6 million deal.

The team had been looking for a combo guard who could penetrate to the basket and produce instant offense off the bench and Murray appears to be a perfect fit.

"He has shown the ability to score and we feel like he will add a key dimension to the current group of guards that we have on the roster," Joe Dumars, the Pistons' president of basketball operations, said.

Murray made a name for himself two years ago in Seattle when he was inserted into the starting lineup on opening night after Ray Allen suffered an injury and scored 20 or more points in 10 of his first 11 games.

Even more perfect for the Pistons was the price at which they got him. The Pistons originally offered the majority of their mid-level exception to Murray, but Murray hesitated to take it, hoping to get a more lucrative deal elsewhere.

In the meantime, the Pistons found out that they were losing Ben Wallace and made Nazr Mohamed an offer. When Mohammed accepted, Murray was left without a big suitor.

In the end, the Pistons were able to fill both their needs -- adding a center to replace Wallace and adding some scoring punch to their backcourt.

While no one is pretending that the Pistons are going to be better without Wallace, they are adding some depth to what once was a paper thin rotation.

Expect Murray, Carlos Delfino and Antonio McDyess to give the Pistons a legit eight-man rotation next year.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider