Nuggets' Offseason: Flip Murray Being Targeted By Denver

Sean StancillSenior Writer ISeptember 21, 2009

ATLANTA - MAY 11:  Ronald 'Flip' Murray #22 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts to a call during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 11, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Reports around the NBA Community, are that the Nuggets are interested in signing veteran swingman Flip Murray.

Murray averaged 12.2 points last season in 80 games with the Atlanta Hawks and proved to be an intriguing option down the stretch throughout the playoffs. While acting as the unofficial "Sixth Man", Murray scored 20 or more points 10 times and averaged 11.8 points during Atlanta's postseason run.

Including the playoffs, the Hawks went 9-3 when Murray drained three three-pointers or more with wins over the Hornets, Heat, and the Denver Nuggets.

Should Flip sign with the Nuggets it is believed he will compete with radioactive fifth-year player J.R. Smith for a spot in the starting rotation.

Over the offseason, Denver has been scrambling to find bench players to cog into their rotation. The Nuggets traded for Arron Afflalo after Dahntay Jones signed with the Indiana Pacers on a four-year deal and then shipped Malik Allen for salary cap purposes.

After Linas Kleiza left for the lure of overseas' life, Denver has been linked to marksmen such as Murray, Wally Sczerbiack formerly of the Cavaliers, and Keith Bogans as well.