Scorpions Acquire Murray, Douglas and Future 1st from Jaguars/Fireballs in Separate Trades
- By Michael Miller, Day 1, 2022
LAS VEGAS - The Scorpions have announced two separate trades which the team helps will provide balance and depth for 2022 and beyond. In the first trade, the Scorpions have agreed to send the 2023 1st round pick to the Mexico City Jaguars for SF Damon Murray and the Jaguars 2023 2nd round pick.
For the second trade, the Scorpions have packaged the just acquired 2023 2nd round pick from Mexico City, along with PG Cassius Tyson, SF Garrett Cue, C/PF Asa Atkins and the Scorpions 2025 2nd round pick, to the Los Angeles Fireballs for SG/PG Rickey Douglas and the Fireballs 2023 1st round pick.
As to Murray, the Scorpions had him rated 15th on their CJBL draft board. He projected to be a good wing fit based on his athleticism and versatility, but slid down to 29th overall because of his senior status and concerns about whether his game will translate from Division I-AA to the JBL. At $1.1 million for the next 4 years, however, the Scorpions are making a bet that he can quickly contribute as a reserve and have some decent upside. He will primarily play reserve SF and PF in his first season.
Acquiring Murray made Cue expendable, although the Scorpions had been quietly shopping him throughout the offseason. He returns to the Fireballs, the team that originally drafted him in 2021, and allows the Scorpions to recoup the 1st round pick they sent to Mexico City for Murray and also allows them to obtain Douglas as a veteran team presence. Las Vegas wanted to get some clutch experience on the bench, especially with a roster where most of the players are 25 and younger. Murray will likely have a big role off the bench, as PG Daniel Seaborn opted to leave for Nashville as an early tenure free agent.
The team projects a starting lineup of Brown/Francis/Griffin/Sherman/Grant with primary reserves of Douglas/Navigato/Murray/Sutton. A press conference has been announced for 2 PM today to provide media availability.