In the wake of reports that the Seattle SuperSonics and Denver Nuggets are discussing a possible trade, Sonics All-Star guard Ray Allen said he thinks it may be time for general manager Rick Sund to alter the team?s chemistry a bit.
?You don?t always make a change just to be making a change,? Allen said. ?But I think based on just us going up and down, the team is put in a situation where they have to consider an opportunity to shake things up and make it better. Or if it doesn?t make it better, at least try.?
The Sonics have discussed a trade with the Nuggets that would send Ronald Murray to Denver in exchange for Earl Watson. Other players on the Sonics? roster would be involved to make the exchanged salaries balance.
Before the game Thursday, Murray warmed up on the court and was unavailable for comment.
Both Allen and co-captain Rashard Lewis acknowledged that Watson would be a better fit than Murray at reserve point guard. Allen cited the 14 assists the team had in its loss to Minnesota on Wednesday, a game Murray started in place of the injured Luke Ridnour.
?Bob (Weiss) has to make it a mandate to (Murray) that he has to start out (games) getting everybody involved,? Allen said. ?That has to be made a mandate. If a (trade) is made, if something happens, they have to come in here, learn who we have and distribute the ball.?
Lewis said Watson may be a better fit as the backup point guard.
?I like Flip as a player and as a person,? Lewis said. ?He is a great scorer. But I don?t know if the organization is looking for a scorer or a guy to run the point and play defense. It depends on what they are looking for. Earl is probably a better defender, more of a point guard.?