As part of his effort to hone his skills, San Antonio Spurs second-year point guard Dejounte Murray has worked out with his Boston Celtics counterpart, isaiah thomas. Murray and Thomas, who are both alumni of the University of Washington, worked out together in Washington. Murray has posted the photos of their workout on Instagram. Aside from Thomas, Murray also worked out with Spurs star player Kawhi Leonard. Murray needs to further sharpen his skills as Spurs starting point Tony Parker will be out until January or February. Patty Mills, who recently signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Spurs, is expected to start while Murray will back him up.

Last season, Murray played just 38 games, averaging 3.4 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 8.5 minutes of action per game. When Parker went down with an injury in the playoff, Murray played 11 games, averaging 5.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. In the offseason, Murray also spent time with LeBron James and Ben Simmons.

Murray, Thomas both connected to Irving trade

Murray and Thomas have something in common as they are both rumored to be trade baits for Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, who recently asked for a trade. On July 7, Irving met with Cavaliers team owner Dan Gilbert and presented his four preferred trade destinations – the Spurs, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Miami Heat.

The Cavaliers reportedly want a win-now veteran, a blue-chip young player, and a top pick. The Spurs and the Celtics have made their respective offers for Irving that reportedly include both Murray and Thomas.

According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Celtics have inquired with the Cavs about a potential swap to keep them in the thick of negotiations involving Irving.

Aside from Thomas, the Celtics might also offer Jae Crowder and one of their top picks for next season. Thomas is expected to receive a maximum deal from the Celtics after playing last season on a bargain. He will earn $6.2 million in the coming season.

Spurs might offer Aldridge, Green to Cavs

The Spurs may trade disgruntled power forward LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green to the Spurs for Irving.

According to reports, Aldridge wants out of the Spurs after his struggles last season, especially in the playoffs. The Cavaliers expressed interest in acquiring both Green and Aldridge even before Irving expressed his desire to be traded.